Roberto Carlos da Silva Rocha, who is famously known as Roberto Carlos, retired as a professional football player after making his name widely known throughout the World. He was named as one of the best left-backs and also one of the greatest players of all time in the history of football. There isn’t a single footballer who doesn’t know his name. Carlos began his football career with Brazilian side Palmeiras as a forward, before moving to Italy to join Inter Milan as a left-back he then moved on to Real Madrid, where his name was widely known and where his biggest achievements were created.
In this article, we will be talking about the career of one of the greatest players of all time and also how Roberto Carlos net worth came to be in 2021.
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Roberto Carlos Age & Early Years
Carlos was born on 10th April 1973 in Garça, Sao Paulo, Brazil. He began his professional football career at the age of 19, which was also when he got called up into the Brazil national team, signing up to play for Palmeiras helping them lift two consecutive League titles. In 1995, he signed for Italy giants Inter Milan, where he scored a 30-yard free-kick on his debut with the Nerazzurri. He only spent a season with the Italian club, being unhappy with the position he played at the club. The then-manager, Roy Hodgson, wants Carlos playing as a winger in his team and the Brazilian only prefers to play at the left-back position. Seeing there won’t be any changes in the manager decision, the Brazilian opted to leave the club.
Roberto Carlos Club Career
In 1996, Roberto Carlos moved to Santiago Bernabeu to join Spanish giants, Real Madrid and was handed the legendary number 3 jersey that made history. He spent 11 seasons with the Los Blancos after making up to 584 appearances scoring 71 goals in all competitions. With 584 games in hand, he became the highest capped foreign player for the Spanish giants.
He helped the Los Blancos lift the Spanish La Liga in his debut season with them. In his 11 campaigns with the club, Carlos was able to lift four La Liga, three Spanish Super Cup, three UEFA Champions League, two Intercontinental Cup and one UEFA Super Cup before parting ways with the Spanish club.
Going on with his career, Carlos moved to Turkey to join Fenerbahce in the summer of 2007. He spent three seasons with the club lifting two Turkish Super Cups. He then went on to join the Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala in 2011 but due to racist abuse, he left the club. Roberto Carlos retired in 2016.
Roberto Carlos International Career and Free Kick
Roberto Carlos wasn’t just known for his playing career at the club level, he was also a big game-changer at the International level for his country Brazil. Being an offensive-minded left-back, Carlos played a pivotal role in his national team having recorded 125 appearances and 11 goals in all competitions for his country.
He is most famous for the out-of-this-world free-kick he scored against France in the Tournoi de France held in 1997. That free-kick has been tagged as the greatest of all time. People who were not born during that time know how spectacular this Roberto Carlos free-kick was after watching the video from YouTube.
When Brazil played against France in the opening game of the 1997 Tournoi de France. This was a free-kick that seemed to be on its way to the corner flag but to everyone’s surprise, the ball was found in the goal, leaving even the goalkeeper dumbfounded. It defied the normal logic of famous free kicks.
Carlos represented his country, Brazil, at three FIFA World Cup tournaments, four Copa America, the 1997 FIFA Confederations Cup and the 1996 Olympic Games. With his national teammates, he was able to lift the 2002 FIFA World Cup, two Copa América titles, 1997 FIFA Confederations Cup and 1995 Umbro Cup. He finally retired right after Brazil suffered a 1-0 defeat to France in the quarter-finals of the 2006 FIFA World Cup.
Roberto Carlos Net Worth
With his main source of income coming from his days as an amazing football player, Robert Carlos net worth in 2021 has been calculated to be a whopping $46 million. He has been reported to have major endorsement deals with big companies like Pepsi, Nike, EA Sports and Konami, which made up his net worth including his football playing and managing career. Back in 2016, the former Brazilian left-back launched a software named Ginga Scout which helps managers of a club connect with their players from anywhere. He was named ambassador of Morocco’s candidature for the upcoming 2026 FIFA World Cup.
With Roberto Carlos net worth, you ought to know he owns expensive cars like Bugatti Veyron, Ferrari and Chevrolet, so you can say the Brazilian is living the GOOD LIFE!
Roberto Carlos Jersey Number
Roberto Carlos first jersey number was 6, and it was handed to him in his first and only campaign with Inter Milan for the 95/96 season. In 1996, he moved to the Spanish side Real Madrid and was handed the number 3 jersey and it was worn all through his entire Madrid career (11 seasons). It was with this jersey he achieved all his impressive feats with the Spanish club.
After 11 years with the Spanish giants, he moved on to join Turkish club Fenerbahce SK for three seasons and he took reign of the number 3 jersey for the club. He played with the number 6 jersey in his club career once more in his only season with Brazilian club Sport Club Corinthians Paulista and he ended his club career with the number 3 jersey with Delhi Dynamos FC.
For the Brazil national team, Roberto Carlos wore the number 6 jersey with the team to secure all their achievements for his country.
Roberto Carlos wife
Carlos first got married to Alexandra Pinheiro and their marriage lasted for 12 years before getting separated. Pinheiro worked as a model in the industry while getting being featured in some musicians’ songs. Sometime after the separation, the Brazilian married once again to Mariana Luccon.