Julio César Romero Insfrán, also known as Romerito, is a retired Paraguayan soccer player born on August 28, 1960. He’s celebrated as one of the greatest footballers in Paraguay’s history. In March 2004, the legendary Pelé even included him in the prestigious FIFA 100 list.
Romero’s football journey began in Luque, Paraguay, where he started playing for Sportivo Luqueño in 1977. His exceptional skills quickly caught attention, and by 1979, he was representing the Paraguayan national team at the FIFA World Youth Championship. During that tournament, he stood out as one of the tournament’s top players, sharing the spotlight with none other than Diego Maradona.
That same year, Romero played a pivotal role in Paraguay’s triumph in the Copa América, contributing three goals to their success. In 1980, Romerito made a significant move to the New York Cosmos, a team that included legendary figures like Carlos Alberto and Franz Beckenbauer, both World Cup-winning captains for Brazil and Germany in 1970 and 1974, respectively. One of his most memorable moments came in the 1980 Soccer Bowl when he scored the game-winning goal, securing a 3–0 victory over Ft. Lauderdale.
Romero’s next adventure took him to Brazil, where he joined Fluminense. It was in 1985 that he earned the title of South American Footballer of the Year. His remarkable contributions didn’t stop there. Romero played a leading role in guiding Fluminense to victory in the Campeonato Brasileiro, capturing the hearts of the fans. In 1986, he played a pivotal role in helping the Paraguay national team qualify for the FIFA World Cup finals after an absence of 28 years. During the finals in Mexico, Romero left his mark by scoring goals against Iraq and the host nation. Following a brief stint with FC Barcelona in Spain and some time in Mexico with Puebla F.C., Romero returned to South America. There, he continued his football journey with Olimpia, Club Cerro Corá, and Sportivo Luqueño in Paraguay, as well as Deportes La Serena in Chile. Throughout his illustrious career, Romero found the back of the net over 400 times, leaving an enduring legacy in the world of football.