Roberto Carlos to stop playing in 2012: report

30 January 2012 12:46

Brazilian World Cup winner Roberto Carlos has told a Spanish sports paper he will finish his playing career in December this year at Russian club Makhachkala Anzhi.

The 38-year-old, a World Cup winner in 2002 and finalist in 1998, as well as a legendary former player at Real Madrid, says his player/manager contract at the Russian club lets him hang up his boots this year.

"My contract as a player with Anzhi ends in June 2013. But in December I have the possibility to stop playing," he was quoted as telling Spain's biggest-selling sports daily Marca.

"After that I will carry on in the club as assistant to the chairman Suleyman Kerimov . He has asked me to help create a structure in the club for the next 10 years," he said in the interview.

"I am not going because I am injured. But I am going because my sporting career is already complete. I have been with Palmeiras, Inter, Real Madrid. I have lived everything I had to live as a player."

As well as the World Cup, Carlos took three Champions League titles and three Spanish championships with the Real Madrid of fellow Brazilian Ronaldo and French international Zinedine Zidane.

If one match stood out in his career, the left-winger told Marca, it would be the Real Madrid-Juventus Champions League final in 1998, which delivered the Spanish club's seventh Champions League win after a long drought.

"It meant a lot to me and to all the Madrid fans. We won the title after 32 years. the only thing that annoys me is that I could not win the Cup," Carlos said.

"Two goals will stay with me. The one I scored with Brazil against France from a free kick (in the 1997 Confederations Cup). The effect was fantastic. And the one I scored from a corner with Real Madrid against Tenerife (bending the ball from the corner into the net in February 1998)."

Carlos said he believed he and fellow Brazilian great Cafu had shown that that wingers can do more than defend. "We were very much on the offensive but they criticized us, too."

Carlos signed for the Dagestan outfit Anzhi Makhachkala in February last year in a late-career move, charming the Russian public with his usually smiling demeanour and an apparent genuine interest in the country.

But in June last year he walked off the field before the final whistle after a fan threw a banana at him, an apparent racial attack.

Source: AFP