Roberto Carlos: Real Madrid and Brazil icon’s impossible goal against Tenerife
Roberto Carlos’ left foot was legendary.
The Brazilian is one of the greatest free kickers of all time and as a result he is also one of the most successful defenders of all time.
Carlos has scored 113 goals throughout his career, which peaked at Real Madrid between 1996 and 2007.
During this time he was also part of Selecao’s iconic squad that won the 2002 World Cup, with the left-back lining up alongside Ronaldinho and Ronaldo Nazario.
It seems like just yesterday the Selecao legend dominated the world stage and challenges physics with his regular set pieces.
But as of today Carlos is now 48 years old and since it’s his birthday we thought we would take the opportunity to reflect on one of his most extraordinary goals.
* That * free kick has been seen enough, so let us instead go through the record books and revisit one of his strikes from February 1998.
He came against Tenerife in a game that Real Madrid lost 4-3. Los Blancos had fallen behind when, in the 46th minute, their full-back hurtled down the wing and made the inexplicable.
Now, first of all, Carlos was running full speed and the ball was halfway through the bounce – so he deserved credit for keeping it in play.
What happened next seemed to stun even the man himself, and an American TV station had to analyze the angles to try and explain what had happened.
His reaction is priceless. How is it possible to score from this angle?
“Besides being one of the best free kickers of all time, he is also one of the best left-backs of all time,” Ronaldinho said of him.
Jaap Stam added that his left leg appeared to be “made of iron” when he hit his free kicks.
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