Barcelona He was Cruyff’s strangest signing
The decision made by Paraguay’s Chamber of Deputies to grant a pension worth 242 dollars per month to former Barcelona player Julio Cesar Romero, known as Romerito, has sparked controversy in the country.
Romerito, who is considered a legend in Paraguay, is blamed for not being entitled to a pension as he hasn’t reached the age of 60, while people also lament him for poorly managing the money he earned during his spells at clubs such as Club Puebla in Mexico or Fluminense in Brazil, as well as Barcelona.
Those in favour of their compatriot, however, stress that the Paraguayan should be rewarded for his sporting achievements and point to his financial difficulties.
Romerito was one of the strangest transfers during Johan Cruyff‘s spell with the Blaugrana as he never managed to meet the expectations created upon his arrival.
The Dutchman prompted the club to sign the Paraguayan forward in April 1989 in exchange for the high price of 40 million pesetas.
Although he made his debut in a Clasico against Real Madrid, he didn’t make an impact in the next seven games and departed Barcelona at the end of the season.