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Romario: I was better than Messi

Updated: April 17, 2012, 4:46 PM ET
Associated Press

SAO PAULO -- Former star Romario says Brazil wouldn't get past the group stage of the World Cup if the competition were played today. What's more, he insists he's one of the three best players in soccer history.

Now a congressman, Romario used an expletive to describe what he thinks about Brazil's national team and said coach Mano Menezes needs more time to form his squad.

"If the World Cup was today, we would be eliminated in the first stage," Romario said in Tuesday's Rio de Janeiro ...

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