Roberto Carlos da Silva Rocha


Overview of life

Roberto Carlos da Silva Rocha (born 10 April 1973), more commonly known simply as Roberto Carlos, is a retired Brazilian footballer who works as a sporting director for Russian Premier League club Anzhi Makhachkala. Roberto Carlos started his career in Brazil as a forward but spent most of his career as a left back and has been described as the "most offensive-minded left back in the history of the game". He started playing for Brazil in 1992 and was a member of the Brazil national team in three World Cups, helping the team reach the final in 1998 and win the 2002 tournament. He was nicknamed el hombre bal ("the bullet man") due to his powerful free kicks, which have been measured at over 105mph (169km/h). He is also known for his running speed, long throw ins and 24 inch (60.96cm) thighs.

He played for Spanish La Liga club Real Madrid for 11 years, making over 370 appearances and winning four leagues, three UEFA Champions League trophies, and two Intercontinental Cups. Carlos is also one of only 19 players to have played more than 100 matches in the Champions League. He finished second to countryman Ronaldo in the 1997 FIFA World Player of the Year award poll and was named as one of the top 125 greatest living footballers by Pelé in March 2004.

In August 2012, he announced his retirement from professional football at the age of 39.