Roberto Carlos started his professional career playing for União São João, a soccer club based in São Paulo’s Araras province. In 1992, he was called up to the Brazilian national team, despite playing in what was considered as a smaller club and only being 19 years old. He joined Atlético Mineiro on loan in August 1992, aged 19, and went on the club’s tour of Europe.
He moved to Real Madrid a year later. Roberto Carlos’ integration within the team was very good. He played with the Whites for 11 seasons, winning several big trophies, including three UCL titles in particular.
In 2007, after winning another La Liga title, he left Madrid. It will be the last contribution to Santiago Bernabéu by one of the finest left-footers ever to have graced them. He holds an all-time white record for most of a foreigner’s games. In Real Madrid’s conquest of more than ten titles, his left foot was
central. For its pleasant disposition, regularity, prodigious pace and its tremendous strength, the Brazilian ace will always be remembered (his shots reached a speed of 140 km/h).
Throughout his career, in a career spanning nearly 20 years, Roberto Carlos has represented Uniao Sao Joao, Atletico Mineiro, Palmeiras, Inter Milan, Fenerbahce, Corinthians, Anzhi along with Real Madrid. He helped Brazil reach the final of the 1998 World Cup, where they lost to France. In the next edition, in 2002, he led Brazil to the World Cup. He won 4 times in La Liga and three times in the UEFA Champions League with Real Madrid. The Copa America, Confederations Cup, UEFA Super Cup and several other titles were also won by him.
He dominated the left wing as a marauding left-back. He enjoyed aiming for overlaps, attacking to deliver final balls at pace that
ultimately led to goals. Technically adept, when attacking, he was able to retain control and even lose the ball, he would immediately press the opponent to reclaim possession.
Not the strongest defensively, with considerable pace and energy, and a determination to reclaim possession with relentless pressing, he more than made up for it.
He was elected as the FIFA World Player of the Year runner-up in 1997, one of only two left-backs to appear in the top two of the prestigious trophy. He was named by Pele in 2004 on the FIFA 100 list of the greatest living players.
Following his move to European giants Real Madrid in 1996, Roberto Carlos rose to glory. He instantly became the left-back of their first pick, a position he held for over a decade.
But in 1997, playing for the Brazilian national team in the 1997 Tournoi de France, his true
shot to fame came when he scored an outrageous free kick with an impossible curve. It is now considered to be by many the best free-kick in football history.
Undoubtedly one of the best left backs in the history of football, even tried his hands in the managerial side of football world. However, he was not as successful as a Manager he managed four clubs namely, Delhi Dynamos,
Anzhi Makhachkala, Sivasspor and Akhisarspor. With a win percentage of 36.84% it was in 2015 that he last managed a club.
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