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Roberto Carlos joins Anzhi of Russia

Three-time UEFA Champions League winner Roberto Carlos said he was "quickly convinced" to sign a two-and-a-half year deal with Russian Premier League outfit FC Anzhi Makhachkala.

Roberto Carlos has returned to Europe having left Fenerbahçe for Corinthians last year
Roberto Carlos has returned to Europe having left Fenerbahçe for Corinthians last year ©Getty Images

Roberto Carlos has left SC Corinthians Paulista in his homeland to sign a two-and-a-half year deal with FC Anzhi Makhachkala of the Russian Premier League.

Anzhi finished 11th in last season's Russian top flight and confirmed the acquisition of the former Brazilian international full-back on Wednesday evening. "I had a conversation with the Anzhi president and his words quickly convinced me," Carlos told UEFA.com.

"I am moving to a strong league that is somewhat similar to the Brazilian one. Later this week I'm flying to Turkey to meet my new coach [Gadzhi Gadzhiev] and my new team-mates. I gathered some information about Anzhi on the internet but I certainly want to learn more."

Carlos, 37, won four Spanish Liga titles and three UEFA Champions League titles during his 11-year spell with Real Madrid CF from 1996 to 2007. He scored 47 goals in 370 Liga matches for the Merengues. The former SE Palmeiras, FC Internazionale Milano and Fenerbahçe SK defender also made 125 appearances for Brazil, including six during their triumphant 2002 FIFA World Cup campaign.

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