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					Roberto Carlos da Silva
Roberto Carlos, full name Roberto Carlos da Silva (born April 10, 1973, Garça,
São Paulo), is a Brazilian footballer, specializing as a wingback, currently playing for
Real Madrid. Roberto Carlos is regarded as one of the best full backs of all time. He
finished second to countryman Ronaldo in the 1997 FIFA World Player of the Year
award poll. He was named by Pelé as one of the top 125 greatest living footballers in
March 2004.

He has amassed 132 caps, scoring 11 goals for the Brazilian national team, and he
helped his country win the 2002 FIFA World Cup and finished runners-up in the 1998
FIFA World Cup. As of September 2006, Roberto Carlos is one of only six players to
have appeared 100 times in the UEFA Champions League.[1] Roberto Carlos is known
for his trademark powerful free kicks, explosive speed and aggressive attacking plays,
often leading swift counter attacks from the back of the field.

Biography
He played for Palmeiras and Inter Milan, before settling with Real Madrid in 1996,
making him the team's longest serving foreign player.

He became famous for scoring an incredible 37-yard free kick against France in June
1997 at the Tournoi de France, when the ball seemed to be heading wide off the
leftmost man in the French wall, Didier Deschamps, before taking a devastating left
swerve, leaving goalkeeper Fabien Barthez stunned.[2]

On June 24, 2005, Carlos was robbed by two gunmen while doing a live radio
interview in the back seat of his car. However, the thieves did not harm him, merely
taking his watch and the interviewer's cellular phone.

On August 2, 2005, Carlos received dual Spanish and Brazilian citizenship. This
proved important for Real Madrid, as it meant that he now counted as a European
Union player, opening up one of the club's allowed three slots for non-EU players and
enabling Real to sign fellow Brazilian star Robinho.

After the elimination by France in the quarterfinal of the 2006 FIFA World Cup, he
announced his retirement from international football. He was severely criticised by
the press and the general public for his performance in the Cup, especially for failing
to mark French striker Thierry Henry in the free kick crossed by Zinedine Zidane that
was scored by Henry and ultimately led to Brazil's demise.

During the 2005-06 season, he was linked with several clubs, most notably Chelsea
FC[3]. After the London club sold Asier del Horno to Valencia CF, Chelsea's only
natural left back was Wayne Bridge. This increased speculation that Chelsea were
looking to buy a left back, either Roberto Carlos or Ashley Cole. However, in late
July 2006, Spanish, Turkish and French media sources claimed that Carlos had agreed
terms with Istanbul giants Fenerbahçe SK[4]. Fenerbahçe were showing increased
ambition (also pursuing players like Sol Campbell) to mark their centennial season.

On 6 September 2006, Roberto Carlos formally announced his international
retirement from the Brazilian national team.[5]

				
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