Former star Brazil defender Roberto Carlos says goodbye to soccer
Former Brazil and Real Madrid star defender Roberto Carlos yesterday announced his retirement officially from the game of football.
The 39-year-old soccer superstar will play the new role of ambassador for Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala, where he was seen playing last of his 22 professional seasons, reports Xinhua.
"Roberto was a world class player and it's sad that we're not going to see him play again," Anzhi coach Guus Hiddink said Wednesday.
"Thankfully Roberto has agreed to take on a role with the club to help develop football in the region and throughout Russia."
Carlos was a member of the 2002 World Cup winning squad for Brazil and became famous for his booming free kick was planning a testimonial match against Real Madrid, revealed Anzhi. Carlos represented Real Madrid 370 times in his career between 1996 and 2007.
"We have sat down with (Real president) Florentino Perez and discussed the possibility of a match," Carlos said.
"We need to establish a date that suits both clubs. I'd like it to be played here in Russia," he said.
Carlos had a significant appearance in 125 games for Brazil and was also an active member of the team in 1998, 2002 and 2006 World Cup squads.
-With inputs from IANS
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