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Roberto Carlos

Published: Saturday 1 January 2011, 15.46CET
FC Anzhi Makhachkala
Published: Saturday 1 January 2011, 15.46CET

Roberto Carlos

FC Anzhi Makhachkala

Clubs: União São João EC, SE Palmeiras, FC Internazionale Milano, Real Madrid CF, Fenerbahçe SK, SC Corinthians, FC Anzhi Makhachkala

UEFA honours
UEFA Champions League:
winner 1998, 2000, 2002
UEFA Super Cup: winner 2002
European/South American Cup: winner 1998, 2002
UEFA Club Defender of the Year: 2002 users' Team of the Year: 2002, 2003

• Born in Sao Paulo, Roberto Carlos joined one of the city's leading clubs, Palmeiras, in 1993 and established a reputation there as a powerful and dynamic left-back, becoming a regular in the position for the Brazilian national team and earning a lucrative move to Inter.

• Lasted only one season in Italy before transferring to Real Madrid, where he would remain for the next 11 seasons, winning a cluster of trophies including the UEFA Champions League on three occasions and the Spanish Liga title four times; played more competitive matches for Madrid (582) than any other foreigner, scoring 71 goals.

• Not selected for Brazil's victorious 1994 FIFA World Cup squad, he claimed the left-back spot in the team for the next dozen years, featuring strongly in the three subsequent World Cups and winning the trophy in 2002, when, as in 1998, he started all seven matches and was named in FIFA's All-Star Squad.

• Retired from the international game after the 2006 tournament in Germany with 125 caps and 11 goals, the most famous of which was an extraordinary bending free-kick against France in 1997.

• Left Real Madrid for Fenerbahçe in June 2007; proved popular with the fans and helped them to the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals but was unable to win the title in his first two seasons and departed in December 2009.

• Returned home to Sao Paulo to play for Corinthians – alongside long-time Brazil team-mate Ronaldo – and expressed a wish to play in 2010 World Cup but was not selected by coach Dunga.

• Signed a two-and-a-half year deal with Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala in February 2011.

Last updated: 18/02/11 15.32CET

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