Veteran 41-year-old striker Romario scored the 1,000th goal of his 23-year career last weekend in the second round of the Brazilian national championship.
One thousand goals scored. That���s amazing, even if Romario does count goals scored in training games and unofficial matches against small clubs towards the 1,000 goal tally. However, his tally reportedly had to be revised several times because he initially counted goals scored in matches that never happened and in games that ended 0-0. That���s bogus.
Three other players have scored 1,000 goals, the most notable being Pele. According to FIFA, Pel�� ended his career with a total of 1,281 goals in 1,363 matches, with his 1,000th goal scored when he was 29 years old. That���s what I���m talking about. Pele surpassed the thousand-goal mark by far and in 12 less years���without padding his own stats. Pele is still, in my opinion, the greatest player to have ever played the game.
On another note, while many Americans will be tuning into the American Idol finale tonight to find out if Jordin or Blake is going to win the competition (Jordin has my vote), there is another major event that I will be tuning into. Today held the biggest event on the European soccer calendar and I, along with many other soccer fans in the U.S. will be watching a replay of Liverpool versus AC Milan in the final of the Champions League. I���m a Liverpool fan so I���m hoping to see a repeat of the 2005 final, which Liverpool won on penalties after dramatically coming back from a 3-0 deficit.
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