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Brazilian legend criticises country's World Cup spending

Former Brazilian footballer-turned-politician Romario. Credit: REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino

Former Brazil forward Romario has described footballing authority FIFA as "the real president of Brazil" and said the money spent on stadiums for the 2014 World Cup could have been used to build thousands of new schools.

Romario, who spearheaded Brazil's attack when they won the 1994 World Cup and is now a congressman, said Brazil had spent more than twice as much on hosting the World Cup as Germany did in 2006 and South Africa four years later.

In a video post aired on several Brazilian newspapers' websites he said, amid times of hardship in the country, that the money could have been spent elsewhere.