FIFA's Jerome Valcke seeks support of Romário
FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke hopes to have the support of Romário after the Brazilian was named president of the country's Tourism & Sports Commission this week.
The 1994 World Cup winner has been a firm critic of Valcke in the past after the Frenchman condemned the nation’s preparations for next year’s tournament.
The criticism led to calls for Valcke to be removed from proceedings, however, he has insisted that the situation has been resolved and that he hopes to have the support of Romário in the future.
He told CNN: "I just wish him all the best. I hope in his position he will support (us).
"I know that sometimes he has hard words on FIFA, on the World Cup, on different people, but at least I hope that he will support and is supporting the World Cup as a sporting event."
Valcke was in Rio to mark 100 days to go until the Confederations Cup on Thursday, accompanied by organising committee members Bebeto and Ronaldo.
He added: "It's like when you're expecting a baby to come. It is 100 days so you are a bit more nervous than you are at the beginning of the process.
"The Confederations Cup is not the same event as the World Cup. The World Cup is a bigger event than the Confederations Cup. What we have to agree and what we have to make sure of is that we have more than enough time to test the stadium, to use the stadium, and to have a stadium ready for the Confederations Cup.
"It's very tight, that's a point, 100 days is nothing."
The eight-nation Confederations Cup, which pits continental champions against each other, will be held in the cities of Rio, Belo Horizonte, Recife, Brasilia, Fortaleza and Salvador from June 15-30.