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Neymar endorses Brazil great Romario’s bid for Rio governor

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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - DECEMBER 28: Brazilian former football star Romario looks on during a charity football match organized by former Brazilian national team player Zico, at Maracana stadium on December 28, 2013 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)

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RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Neymar has endorsed former Brazil international Romario in his bid to be Rio de Janeiro state governor.

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Romario’s social media channels published a video of Neymar backing him on Tuesday.

Neymar says in the video: “I hope you can make Rio better. I am a frequent visitor and I love this city.”

Romario, a World Cup winner with Brazil in 1994 and a former FIFA player of the year, is polling second behind former Rio mayor Eduardo Paes. The election for state governor is next month.

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Rio state has been in deep financial trouble since the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Brazil and Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar has never lived in the state but owns a beachfront mansion in Mangaratiba, south of Rio de Janeiro city.

The 52-year-old Romario is currently a senator in Brazil’s congress. He started his political career in 2010 as a congressman, a year after he hung up his boots.