Brazilian soccer player Roberto Carlos gestures to fans before a news conference in Sao Paulo January 4, 2010. REUTERS/Paulo Whitaker/Files
CAIRO – 3 June 2018: On June 3, 1997, Roberto Carlos carved his name in the history of football by scoring an exceptional goal, which broke some laws of physics.
Roberto Carlos Da Silva Rocha, well known as, Roberto Carlos, was one of the Brazilian stars of one of the golden generations in football.
Carlos was in the team representing Brazil in Tournoi de France, the friendly tournament held in June 1997 as a warm-up to the 1998 FIFA World Cup. The first game was between the host France and Brazil, and ended with a 1-1 draw; Marc Keller scored the French goal, and Roberto Carlos scored Brazil’s goal at the game held at Stade de Gerland in Lyon.
Carlos is well known for his powerful shots which were nearly unstoppable and his unbelievable ability to curve the ball in unexpected directions.
At the 20th minute of the game the Danish referee Kim Milton Nielsen gave Brazil a foul 35 meters away from France’s goalkeeper Fabian Barthez. Carlos decided to fire one of his canon shots; he took a few steps back until he reached the central circle of the field, then he took a sprint of 13 steps before shooting the ball with his outer left feet which flew very fast curving to the outside of the field then it suddenly curved back towards the goal, then it settled in the nets after it hit the post, leaving all the players including Barthez in utter shock.
The 2002 World Cup winner, Carlos, scored several goals that will be remembered forever, but this goal will be the most notable one of them, which also surprised Carlos himslef; "to be honest, until this day I don't know how I did that," he joked, in an exclusive interview with ESPN Brasil.
Real Madrid's former left back played for about ten teams, but his golden era was with Real Madrid, where he won with the team:
- Three Champions League titles (97/98 – 99/00 – 01/02)
- Four La Liga titles (96/97 – 00/01 – 02/03 – 06/07)
- Three Super Copa de España titles (97 – 01 – 03)
- Two Intercontinental Cups (98 – 02)
- The 2002 UEFA Super Cup