Roberto Carlos Career and Achievements

Tom A. Foster
September 5, 2022
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Roberto Carlos Career

Roberto Carlos was born in 1973 in São Paulo, Brazil. He played for União São João from 1988-1991. He started his professional career here. The left-back, who later played for Palmeiras in Brazil, transferred to Inter Milan in 1995. After playing here for only 1 year, he transferred to Spanish giant Real Madrid. The Madrid team was a turning point for Carlos’ career and achievements.

In the 11 seasons he played here, Carlos played 370 games and scored 47 goals. Some of the trophies Roberto Carlos has won in his career are the 2002 FIFA World Cup, 2 Copa America, 3 Champions League, and 4 Spanish League Championships.

Roberto Carlos’s Style of Play

Although it is possible to describe him as an attacking left-back in Roberto Carlos’ playing style, he started his career as a forward. The Brazilian star, who served as a left-back and wing-back for most of his career, is known as The Bullet Man for his very hard shots and free kicks. His curling kicks are one of the things that define Carlos.

Possessing good dribbling skills, Carlos was adept at making accurate crosses for his teammates. Turning his short stature into a great advantage, Roberto Carlos lost his pace towards the end of his career, but never lost his characteristic left-back features.

Roberto Carlos’s International Career

Roberto Carlos was one of the indispensable players of the Brazilian national team. Indeed, Carlos’ international career was remarkable. He made 125 appearances for the Brazilian national team and Carlos scored 11 goals.

The star left-back has represented Brazil three times at the FIFA World Cup, four times at the Copa América, the 1997 FIFA Confederations Cup, and the 1996 Olympic Games. The most iconic moment in Carlos’ national team career was his 1997 40-yard free-kick against France. Here he left both the dam players and goalkeeper Fabien Barthez helpless with great curling.

Author Tom A. Foster

Tom is a huge sports fan and a semi-professional sports bettor. His favorite teams are the New York Knicks and the Green Bay Packers. These days, he mostly bets on Stake.com and Sportsbet.io. When he's not writing or watching sports, he enjoys hiking.