The man who has been told by doctors eight years ago that his career is over and that he may not be able to return, goes to find a gift, takes his time, watches the goalkeeper’s hasty departure and turns with the exact margin his Right boot to lift the ball with category and drive it towards the net.
The same player who at the age of 21 woke up from a nap with a severe pain in the sacrum that grew with the passing of days until the doctors of Acassuso, the club where he played, transferred him to the hospital where They left him hospitalized for arthritis.
“They gave me morphine. But beyond the medication, she felt no improvement. He walked like an old man, “he recalled in an interview two years ago, when he became a reinforcement of Independiente.
Braian Romero now flips his shirt, points to the sky, celebrates, receives everyone’s embrace. “In the middle of the pandemic they told me that they were not going to take me into account,” he says, perspiring yet without having touched the Copa Sudamericana.
It is that Defense and Justice sheltered him when Independiente postponed it. And Hernán Crespo, who knows a lot about that, found his place in the center of the Falcón’s attack to enhance his performance and find no less than 10 goals in the consecration tournament.
Romero says that his was a miracle of God. That he found a light when the doctors advised him to look for a job within Acassuso and away from the booties. “I suffered a lot, I was born again. Then I started to value everything a lot ”, he insists with the champion’s medal hanging around his neck.
He made the jump to Colón de Santa Fe in 2015. He managed to consolidate in Argentinos Juniors and shout 22 goals in 68 games. That level generated the attention of Independiente but the context of an aimless team put it in the bag of insignificance in which several of those who passed through the club fell. He sought revenge in Atlético Paranaense, but found it in Florencio Varela.
Two goals to Sportivo Luqueño in the second round, one in Varela and one in Paraguay; a shout against Vasco da Gama in the round of 16; three goals in the quarter-final series against Bahía and a triplet in the rematch of the semis against Coquimbo to make way for the most important game in the history of Defense and Justice.
“The truth is that it was the only option, the sun was just on my face and I grabbed it right, thank God I defined well and he was able to enter,” he says about the touch over Lautaro Morales to start finishing the final against Lanús .
“We deserved to crown this great Cup, the team always played in the same way. We felt spectacular, the team was very solid, it was worthy of a final and I am happy with the way it was won,” says Romero that in the Before the final, he had dreamed of giving joy to the people of Florencio Varela, to those who live in the vicinity of the stadium and have no asphalt at the door of their house.
“We wanted to win to bring joy to them, to the fans. Now that they enjoy themselves, they will not forget this Cup any more,” says the scorer and figure of a team that undoubtedly remained in history.