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Romario has appointed Santos' Neymar as the natural successor to his Brazil number 11 shirt, and also enthused about the quality of Brazilian football at the present time...

Brazilian World Cup winner and striking legend Romario has showered praise on Neymar, anointing the Santos sensation as the heir to his number 11 shirt with the Selecao.

The 45-year-old enjoyed a sparkling career with the national side, scoring an impressive 55 goals in just 70 appearances for the Verdeamarelho, and lifted Brazil's first World Cup in 24 years in 1994.

Romario remains a keen observer of Brazilian football, and after 19-year-old Neymar provided a match-winning performance against Scotland last weekend, the ex-Barcelona star couldn't hold back his admiration.

"The best moments of my life in football were in that shirt [the number 11]. Neymar is already becoming a star and I am delighted he has chosen that shirt to play in. I hope he gives it great joy as well," Romario told Globoesporte, taking a break from representing Brazil in the first ever Footvolley World Cup.

The former striker moved on to talk about the upcoming Brazilian National Championship, and he was thrilled with the quality he saw in Brazil's domestic league.

"It is fantastic to see this rise in the stock of our football, and seeing that big businesses are investing and getting a return. Out of all this it is the fans who are winning," he affirmed, pointing to the return to Brazil of Luis Fabiano and Adriano and the continued presence of Neymar, Diego Souza, Fred and Andres D'Alessandro as proof that the championship is the strongest in years.

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