Roberto Carlos retirement confirmed
Roberto Carlos has officially retired from football, Anzhi Makhachkala coach Guus Hiddink has confirmed. The 39-year-old was one of the big-spending Russian Premier League's most high-profile signings when he joined in February 2011, but has not played since March this year.
Hiddink confirmed the left-wingback's retirement at a news conference in Moscow on Wednesday.
"Roberto was a world class football player," said the Dutchman. "Unfortunately he no longer plays. Every master's career ends at some point.
"However, Roberto is now fully involved in developing the new Anzhi. I am sure he will contribute to the growth of not only the Dagestani club but all of Russian football."
Roberto Carlos began his professional career in 1991 at Uniao Sao Joao, going on to play for Palmeiras before a move to Europe with Inter Milan in 1995. He signed for Real Madrid the following year, staying at the Spanish giants until 2007. Before joining Anzhi, he had spells at Turkish side Fenerbahce and Corinthians in Brazil.
In domestic football, he twice conquered the Campeonato Brasileiro with Palmeiras, while at Real Madrid he won four La Liga and three UEFA Champions League titles.
Known for his turn of pace and ability at free-kicks, Roberto Carlos will especially be remembered for his stunning 'banana shot' against France in 1997.