Brazil World Cup winner Roberto Carlos has officially retired from football, the manager of Russian outfit Anzhi Makhachkala, where he was playing, has said. He will become the first sporting director of the club.
The 39-year-old was one of the big-spending Russian Premier League’s most high-profile signings when he joined in February 2011 but has not played since March this year.
Team manager Guus Hiddink confirmed the left-back’s retirement at a news conference in Moscow on Wednesday. “Roberto was a world class football player. Unfortunately, he no longer plays. Every master’s career ends at some point,” he said, according to a transcript in Russian on Anzhi’s website fc-anji.ru.
“However, Roberto is now fully involved in developing the new Anzhi. I am sure he will contribute to the growth of not only the Dagestani club but all of Russian football.”
It all began in 1991
Carlos began his professional career in 1991 at Uniao Sao Joao, going on to play for Palmeiras before a move to Europe with Inter Milan in 1995. He signed for Real Madrid the following year, staying at the Spanish giants until 2007.
Before joining Anzhi, he had spells at Turkish side Fenerbahce and Corinthians in Brazil.Carlos won 125 caps for Brazil, playing in three World Cups, including the team’s 1998 final defeat to France in 2008 and victory in 2002 in Japan and South Korea.
He twice won the Brazilian championship with Palmeiras. At Real Madrid, he won four Spanish as well as three Champions League titles during his 11-year stint with the Spanish giants.
Known for his turn of pace and ability at free-kicks, Carlos will be remembered for his stunning “banana shot” against France in 1997, in which he curled in a left-foot free-kick which seemed to be going yards wide.
Full name: Roberto Carlos da Silva Rocha
Date of birth: April 10, 1973 (age 39)
Place of birth: Garça, São Paulo, Brazil
Height: 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Playing position: Left wing back