Romario blasts FIFA over €1.67bn profits
Seleção legend Romario has slammed FIFA for prioritising profit over creating a lasting legacy in Brazil.
The former Flamengo striker has blasted FIFA for announcing a €1.67 billion profit from the 2014 World Cup and says Brazil are suffering without investment.
"Why are we organising the most expensive World Cup in history, without any of the benefits to the community we were promised," the 47-year-old fumed in his column for the Guardian.
"Meanwhile, FIFA has announced that it will make a €1.67bn profit from Brazil's World Cup, tax-free. Its easy profit contrasts with the total lack of an effective legacy.
"I never thought the World Cup would solve all of our problems, but now my fear is that this mega event will only deepen the problems we already have."
Brazil has been wracked with civil unrest amidst protests at the lack of investment in the country's infrastructure and rising prices.