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Greats Of The Game | Roberto Carlos, Left-Back

Roberto Carlos started his career in Brazil as a Forward but spent most of his career as a Left-Back and has been described as the “most offensive-minded left-back in the history of the game”.

He was nicknamed El Hombre Bala (“The Bullet Man”) due to his powerful bending free kicks, which have been measured at over 105 miles per hour (169 km/h). He is also known for his stamina, running speed, technical skills, crossing ability, long throw ins and 24-inch (61 cm) thighs. In 1997, he was runner-up in the FIFA World Player of the Year. Considered one of the best left backs in history, he was chosen on the FIFA World Cup Dream Team, and in 2004 was named by Pelé in the FIFA 100 list of the world’s greatest living players.

At club level, he joined Real Madrid in 1996 where he spent 11 highly successful seasons, playing 584 matches in all competitions and scoring 71 goals. At Real Madrid, he won four La Liga titles and the UEFA Champions League three times. In April 2013, he was named by Marca as a member of the “Best Foreign Eleven in Real Madrid’s History”. In August 2012, he announced his retirement from football at the age of 39.

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