Romario was born on January 29, 1966 at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He came from a poor background but with his amazing ball control skills he was selected to play for the Vasco da Gama junior team. He immediately went on to become the star striker of his team and led his team to win the state league championship for two years in a row: 1987 and 1988. This performance got him a call up to the Brazilian national team itself and that too for the 1988 Olympics. After the Olympics, he joined the Dutch team PSV Eindhoven in 1988 where he would begin his illustrious career.
He helped his team win the Dutch Cup three times (1989, 1991, and 1992) in the 5 seasons he played for the club. He had soon become one of the most talked about footballers in the world. In the 167 games he played for PSV Eindhoven, he went on to score 165 which is nearly one goal per game. In the 1993-94 season, he joined the FC Barcelona team. In the first season itself he scored 30 goals in 33 matches and helped the team win the La Liga. Romario would not have expected that 1994 was going to become the most successful career season of him.