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Former Barcelona man takes first steps in politics...

Brazilian legend Romario has been voted into his nation's lower house of Congress in his first attempt to be elected for political office.

Romario, 44, hung up his boots in 2008 after an incredible career that saw him lift World Cup 1994, star for Barcelona and grab a disputed haul of more than 1000 goals. In his native state of Rio de Janeiro, he was the sixth-most-voted-for candidate with nearly 150,000 votes.

The striker stood on a mandate to tackle child poverty and joined the Brazilian Socialist Party last year. Former international strike partner Bebeto has also followed his path and was elected to Rio's state Congress.

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