Roberto Carlos da Silva

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Roberto Carlos, full name Roberto Carlos da Silva (born April 10, 1973 in Gara, So Paulo), is a Brazilian footballer. This short, but strong and very fast Brazilian left wing-back is known for his trademark super-powerful free-kicks. He currently plays for Real Madrid where he has extended his contract until 2007.

On the club level, Roberto Carlos has played for Palmeiras, Internazionale, and Real Madrid. He has 105 caps for Brazil, and helped his country win the World Cup in 2002 after finishing second in 1998. He is perhaps most famous for scoring an incredible free kick against France when the ball took an amazing swerve, leaving goalkeeper Fabien Barthez stunned.

In December 2004, Roberto Carlos received Spanish citizenship but maintained his Brazilian nationality as well. He was named by Pel as one of the top 125 greatest living footballers in March 2004. Roberto Carlos is divorced with three children.

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