Biography of Roberto Carlos
Roberto Carlos da Silva Rocha, better known simply as Roberto Carlos, is a Brazilian football legend. He spent most of his sports career as a left back. He completed his performances in 2012 at the age of 39 and continued his activities as a coach.
Known for his technicality, stamina, long throws across the field and outstanding sprinting abilities (overcame a hundred-meter distance in less than 11 seconds). The exclusivity of his physical data and muscle size delighted football fans. It is known that Roberto’s jump in height from a place reached 67 centimeters, and the girth of the hips was 58.
Nicknamed “The Bullet Man” because of his inherent cannon-like power shots, which he arcs with the outside of the foot with a twist and unpredictable trajectory. The speed of the ball at the same time reached 198 kilometers per hour. Recognized as the best and most offensive left winger in football history.
The combination of Roberto Carlos and a banana has become a famous meme
The ex-footballer is included in the FIFA 100 list of the greatest living players in the world, presented for the centenary of this football organization in 2004.
Childhood and family of Roberto Carlos
The future idol of millions of fans was born in the Brazilian city of Garza, São Paulo state, on April 10, 1973. There were four children in their family, three girls and one boy – Robbie. He got his name in honor of Roberto Carlos Braga, “the king of Latin American music”, whose songs his father liked.
They lived in poverty – the mother was a housewife, the father worked as a truck driver. From childhood, Roberto was constantly involved in helping his parents in agricultural work and playing football, which he was passionate about literally from the cradle, namely, from the age of 3. At the age of 8, he was already accepted into an amateur football team, where he played on an equal footing with adults, including with his father.
In 1981, the family moved to Cordeiropolis, where Roberto attended school until the age of 12, then worked in a textile factory, continuing to practice his favorite sport and developing natural abilities. He played for the team of his enterprise and as part of the city team in the State Games.
A talented young man was noticed, and in 1988 he was accepted into FC Araras “Unian San Juan”.
The beginning of the football career of Roberto Carlos
The path to his childhood dream – to get into the Brazilian national football team – Carlos began quite successfully, quickly becoming a player in the starting lineup of the Unian San Juan team. The presence of an outstanding talent in a football player is also evidenced by the fact that at the age of 17 he was taken to the country’s youth team, which won the title of world vice-champion among football players under 20 in 1991. Moreover, being only a 19-year-old player, in 1992 he was invited to the Brazilian national football team (in total, he played for the national team in three world championships – except for this case, in 1998 and 2002).
In “Unian” spent 4 seasons. Then, in 1993, he moved to the domestic club Palmeiras, where he played 2 seasons, winning the title of champion of the state of Sao Paulo and the champion titles of his country for two years in a row.
In 1995, Bryan Robson, the coach of the British club Middlesbrough, invited Carlos to his club, but the deal fell through. As a result, Roberto ended up in Inter, Milan. For the “Nerazzurri” or “black and blue”, as Inter players are called because of the club’s colors, Carlos made 34 appearances and scored 7 goals in one season.
Career pinnacle – Real Madrid
He fully realized his unique football potential, playing from 1996 to 2007 in Real Madrid (Madrid), the best club of the 20th century according to FIFA. During 11 seasons, he brilliantly played 584 games, scoring 71 goals. With his participation, the team became the winner of the Spanish Championship four times and three times the winner in the most prestigious club tournament in Europe, the UEFA Champions League. He later became one of only nineteen registered players in the world to have played more than 100 league matches.
In addition, out of the above number of games for the Spanish club, he played 340 matches in the national championship, breaking the previous record of a foreign player in the Real Madrid team – 329 games. It belonged to the Argentinean Alfredo di Stefano.
Roberto Carlos at Real Madrid
An important circumstance in achieving the victories of Roberto’s team, in addition to athletic merits, is his inherent emotional attitude – in any situation, only for a positive outcome of the match. “Real” often managed to turn the tide of the game in their favor, seemingly in stalemate situations, precisely because of this fighting quality of Carlos, as well as the fact that he was able to “infect” other players of the “royal club” with his belief in victory.
Deserved love and respect and the fact that the talent of the player and physical perfection were combined in Carlos with simplicity and humanity. Despite the busy schedule, he went out to the fans, talked, signed autographs for hours, gave his T-shirts or boots as souvenirs.
The authoritative Spanish sports newspaper Marca in 2013 declared Carlos the best foreign player in the history of Real Madrid.
Roberto Carlos stay at Fenerbahce
At the end of June 2007, he signed a contract with FC Fenerbahce of Istanbul, playing in the Turkish Super League. In the first match as part of their new team against Besiktas, they won the Turkish Football Super Cup (2: 1). During the August 25 game against Sivasspor, Carlos scored his debut goal for Fenerbahce. It is curious that this time he hit the gate in a manner unusual for him – with his head. Such a ball was only the third in a row in his career.
At the end of the season, he was injured and missed the match for the championship title with Galatasaray. His team lost the title to the opponent. Carlos expressed his dissatisfaction with the result and promised to return the trophy back to Şükrü Saracoğlu, the club’s home stadium.
In 2009, he did it and became the owner of the Turkish Super Cup. He played his last match for Fenerbahce on December 17 against Sheriff (Tiraspol) in the Europa League. After the game, the fans thanked him for a great game, chanting – I love you, Carlos, and teammates doused him with water, clearing him for future achievements.
Return of Roberto Carlos home – Corinthians
After 15 years of performances away from his homeland, in 2010 he returned to the country. Signing for Corinthians from Sao Paulo, he joined his friend and former Real Madrid teammate, one of the best footballers of our time, Ronaldo. On June 4, Carlos scored the ball against the strongest Brazilian club Internacional and brought Timao (which means a big team), as they call Corinthians, to the top of the country’s Championship standings. On January 16, in a game against Portuguesa, he scored a ball that was remembered for its beauty and uniqueness directly from a corner kick. In February, due to the aggressiveness and threats of the fans due to the defeat of Corinthians in the game against Tolim for the Libertadores Cup, he asked the club to release him from contractual obligations and, for the safety of the player, the contract with him was terminated.
Robert Carlos in Anji
From 2011 to 2012 he was the captain and playing coach of the Anji Makhachkala football club.
For the transfer of Carlos, an amount of about 10 million euros was paid, which made the player the highest paid player in the Russian Premier League. He played his debut match for the RFPL Cup as part of Anji on March 1 against the St. Petersburg team Zenit. On March 8, he was elected team captain.
Roberto Carlos in Anji
In April, Roberto scored his first goal from the penalty spot in the game between Anji and Dynamo Moscow (2:2). He successfully converted an 11-meter kick in a victorious match against FC Rostov in May (1:0). The third goal in the Makhachkala team was scored against Spartak (Nalchik) from a free kick (2:0).
In total, he played 28 matches during the season and scored five goals. He was an assistant to coaches (Gadzhi Gadzhiev, Andrei Gordeev, Guus Hiddink), later – the director of Anji.
Racist provocations of the Russians – Roberto bananas
In March 2011, in a game with Zenit, when Carlos took part in the flag-raising ceremony, one of the fans showed him a banana. The fact was regarded as a manifestation of racism. For the second time, a similar episode occurred in June in an away match against FC Krylya Sovetov (Samara). A banana was thrown into the field next to the 38-year-old Brazilian. Roberto was offended and left the field before the final whistle.
Roberto Carlos at present
After leaving Anji, in the summer of 2013, the Brazilian became the head coach of the Turkish Sivasspor. Under his leadership, the team managed to get into the Europa League. As a result, Carlos was declared Turkey’s coach of the year. In December 2014, he left the post due to a series of unsuccessful performances by his team.
Personal life of Roberto Carlos
Roberto is married a second time to Mariana Lucon. Has eight children. Two older daughters and an adopted son appeared in a marriage with his first wife, Alexandra. The Brazilian has a daughter and three sons from women out of wedlock. The youngest daughter – Manuele – was born in the current marriage of a football player.
Carlos is constantly involved in charity work – he built several free football schools in his homeland, bought medical equipment for hospitals in Sao Paulo, and donated money to the Russian Podari Zhizn Foundation.