Romario wins $9m payout from Vasco da Gama
Seleção legend and ex-Vasco da Gama striker Romario has won an eight-year legal battle over unpaid wages and image rights amounting to nearly $9m.
The legal wrangle was settled in civil court which ruled that the Rio de Janeiro club must pay the total sum in full to their former player.
"The most important thing is that an agreement has been reached between both parties,” Vasco president Roberto Dinamite told Xinhua.
Romario had orginally demanded a sum of $29m but was convinced to lower his demands after negotiations with the club and the payments will start in January 2014.
The money will be paid in 120 installments, the tribunal ruled, and Vasco officials are happy with the deal.
"This agreement is the most civilised way to resolve matters like these. Nobody has won and nobody has lost. The deal shows the grandeur of both sides,” Vasco lawyer Silvio Capanema said.
Romario, now a federal deputy for Brazil's Socialist Party, scored more than 300 goals over four separate spells at the club.
Source: Gulf News