Roberto Carlos da Silva Rocha was born on April 10, 1973, in Garca, Sao Paolo, Brazil. He was born to Vera Lucia da Silva and Oscar da Silva. The life of Carlos’s family is very alarming. He lived in a poor and slum environment in Brazil. His family only worked as a farm laborer on a coffee plantation.
Like other Brazilian boys, little Carlos grew up with all his love for football. Whenever and wherever he has time, he always plays football. Even so, Carlos had to help the family economy due to their poverty.
At the age of 12, he worked in a textile factory called Torsao Cardeiro.
After playing football on an open field and even on the streets, Carlos’ little talent was caught by several local clubs. He began his football career with the Uniao Sao Joao academy at the age of 19. The first club was located in the Araras area of Sao Paolo.
His talent continues to grow so that he could eventually join famous clubs in Brazil.
In 1992, Roberto Carlos joined Atletico Mineiro and played a number of matches before officially joining to Palmeiras. In the same year, Carlos was even able to join the Brazilian national team. After joining Palmeiras, Carlos attracted the attention of the world. His extraordinary talent spread up to the blue continent.
During a match with the Brazilian national team at Goodison Park, Carlos attracted the interest of Birmingham City scouts. He almost joined the English team. However, his contract was never realized until he flew to Italy to join Inter Milan.
Carlos chose Inter because, at that time, many Brazilians watched the Serie A match.
Despite coming with a million hopes, Carlos’s fate during the season in Serie A was unfortunate. He had time to get involved in checking with the coach and the situation forced him to leave. Despite leaving with all the disappointment, Carlos still left an extraordinary trail. He managed to score a spectacular free-kick when he first set foot in the Pizza Country.
After only playing for a season with La Beneamata, Carlos’s talent was immediately attracted by the Spanish giants, Real Madrid. In this country of the matador, his career got very much better. He became one of the world’s best left-backs who was able to score many goals.
In 1997, while he was undergoing a match against France, Roberto Carlos made a commotion to the world. He scored a spectacular goal that cannot be explained logically. When he got the chance for a free kick, he successfully shot the ball towards the French goal through a truly irrational ball move. The kick speed reached 169km / hour.
Since then, Carlos has been called as the bullet foot.
A year after the match, Roberto Carlos competed in the most popular sporting stage, the World Cup. Despite failing to bring the Brazilian national team to be the runner-up, he managed to bring the Samba team to win the World Cup in the next period.
Roberto Carlos is one of the important pillars in the empowerment of the Brazilian national team in Korea-Japan. In the tournament, Carlos included as one of the 11 best names.
In his career, Carlos had a bad experience. It happened on June 24, 2005. He was robbed by several armed men while conducting interviews on a radio broadcast. The unique fact is that the robbers, who knew that Roberto Carlos was a famous Brazilian player, chose to not touch this tiny man at all.
The robbers only took the interviewer’s belongings in the form of watches and cellphones. Even so, Carlos still felt shocked at what had just happened to him.
In 2006, when he joined the Brazilian national team which participated in the 2006 World Cup tournament, he was unable to do much. Brazil failed to qualify for the next round after being defeated by the French national team. Along with the elimination of the Brazilian national team in the four-year period, Carlos announced his retirement from the national team.
Throughout his career with the Samba team, Roberto Carlos has donated 11 goals from 125 appearances.
In the following year, he also officially dropped his contract with Real Madrid and joined the Turkish club Fenerbache.
At Real Madrid, Roberto Carlos has contributed 71 goals in 548 appearances. He also managed to win 4 La Liga trophies and 3 Champions League titles.
After returning to Brazil in 2010 and joining Corinthians, Carlos resumed his journey to Russia. He officially became part of the Anzhi Makhachkala team. Even so, his career did not meet his plan. There, Carlos got some racist treatment. He even had a banana thrown at him by an irresponsible audience.
He also decided to retire after only undergoing one season in Russia.
Now, Roberto Carlos works as a coach. Clubs like Akhisar Belediyespor and Delhi Dynamos have been dealt with the men who became one of the 100 great footballers of all time.