Flamengo settle $1.8 million debt with Romario

Rio de Janeiro: City football giants Flamengo have settled a $1.8 million debt with Brazil great Romario, ending a 20-year dispute with the former star striker.

Flamengo paid the 1994 FIFA World Player of the Year in a lump sum for unpaid wages during three separate spells with the club in the 1990s, according to Globo Esporte on Saturday.

Flamengo had previously been paying off Romario in monthly instalments, which had been set to continue until 2022, reports Xinhua.

The 50-year-old accepted a third of the total amount in an upfront payment, the report said.

Romario retired from football in 2009 after a 25-year professional career that saw him win the 1994 World Cup for Brazil and score 309 goals in 448 matches at club level.

Now a federal senator, Romario is also still receiving monthly payments from another of his former clubs, Vasco da Gama, related to unpaid salaries.