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Roberto Carlos da Silva Rocha was a Brazilian footballer. He was born on the 10th of April 1973. His career began at Uniao Sao Joao where he played two seasons at the club. He moved to Palmeiras where he made an instant impact as he helped the club to win two consecutive Campeonato Brasileiro Serie A titles in 1993 and 1994. He played 44 matches for the club scoring three goals. After almost joining Bryan Robson's Middlesbrough he joined Internazionale in 1995. He scored a 30-yard free kick on his debut versus Vicenza. Javier Zanetti and Paul Ince both made their debuts in the same match. He played just one season for the club where he played 30 matches scoring five goals. He then moved to Spanish giants Real Madrid in 1996.
He helped Madrid win the 2002 UEFA Champions League where he assisted Zinedine Zidane in the final. He played 11 seasons at the club where he played 584 matches scoring 71 goals for the side. He helped the club to win an impressive three UEFA Champions League titles in 1997, 2001 and 2003 as well as four La Liga titles in 1997, 2001, 2003 and 2007. On the 19th of June 2007 he moved to Turkish side Fenerbahce where he signed a two year contract. On his debut he played in the Turkish Super Cup in which the club won. He netted his first goal in a league match against Sivasspor. He played 65 matches for the club scoring six goals.
In 2010 he moved back to his homeland joining Corinthians. On the 4th of June 2010 he scored his first goal against Internacional. He was released by the club after threats from the Copa Libertadores da America. In 2011 he signed a two and half year deal for Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala. He became captain of the side as he played in a central defensive midfield role. He scored his first goal for the club in a 2-2 draw against Dynamo Moscow. He played 29 matches for the club scoring four goals. He announced his retirement at the end of 2012 where he wanted to continue work behind the scenes at the club.
He played an impressive 125 matches for Brazil scoring 11 goals. His free kick against France in 1997 would be one to remember as he curled the ball with the outside of his left foot beating the wall and France goalkepper Fabian Barthez. He announced his international retirement in 2006. Roberto Carlos' major honours include three UEFA Champions League titles, one FIFA World Cup, Pele's FIFA 100, four La Liga titles, two Campeonato Brasiliero titles, two Copa Americas and the 2002 UEFA Defdener of the Year.
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