Brazilian striker Romario has decided to leave Middle Eastern country Qatar, and his club, Al Sad, due to the imminent war in Iraq.

Romario, who joined the club from Brazilian side Fluminense on loan in late February, has said that he is not frightened by the threat of war, but none the less has decided to leave the country.

“I’m not afraid of war and my presence in Qatar proves this,” he said.

“I’m a peace-loving person and pray everyday that war does not break out. But if there is a war, there’s a clause in my contract which allows me to leave.”

Romario has said that he does wish toreturn to Al Sad when the impending war is over and the veteran striker has also revealed that he still has aspirations to play for the Brazilian national team.

“Selection is not a thing of the past. I am able to return to my top level of soccer. I am ready if they still want me.”

Romario, who was left out of the 2002 World Cup winning squad, will now return to Brazil until such a time that he feels it is safe to return to the Middle East.