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Saturday, December 23, 2006

Roberto Carlos, full name Roberto Carlos da Silva (born April 10, 1973, Garça, São Paulo), is a Brazilian-Spanish football wingback who has played for Real Madrid since 1996. He has been a member of the Brazil national team in three World Cups, helping the team reach the final in the 1998 edition and win the 2002 tournament. He is one of only six players to have appeared 100 times in the UEFA Champions League as of September 2006.

Roberto Carlos is known for his trademark powerful free kicks. He is also known for his speed and his aggressiveness at joining the offense, often leading counter attacks from the back of the field. He is regarded as one of the best full backs of all time. He finished second to countryman Ronaldo in the 1997 FIFA World Player of the Year award poll.
He played for Palmeiras and Inter Milan, before settling with Real Madrid in 1996, making him the team's longest serving foreign player.

On August 2, 2005, Carlos received dual Spanish and Brazilian citizenship. This proved important for Real Madrid, as it meant that he now counted as a European Union player, opening up one of the club's allowed three slots for non-EU players and enabling Real to sign fellow Brazilian star Robinho.
During the 2005-06 season, there was news of the possibility of Roberto Carlos leaving Madrid, after which he was linked to several clubs, most notably Chelsea FC. and Fenerbahçe SK.
Watch Carlos firing his best shots!!