Roberto Carlos Biography

Roberto Carlos, a Brazilian footballer, is widely recognized as one of the greatest left backs in the history of the game. Despite his humble beginnings in a poor family, Carlos’s exceptional talent as a footballer propelled him to success. He made a name for himself with Atletico Mineiro in Brazil before moving to Europe to play for top clubs. Known for his attacking prowess as a defender, Carlos was famous for his marauding runs down the left wing and his remarkable free kicks. His free kick against France in 1997 is considered one of the best ever taken. Carlos spent 11 seasons at Real Madrid, leading the club to numerous major trophies and solidifying his status as the world’s premier left back. Towards the end of his career, he played in Turkey and Russia before transitioning into coaching.

Quick Facts

  • Also Known As: Roberto Carlos da Silva Rocha
  • Age: 50 Years, 50 Year Old Males
  • Family:
    • Spouse/Ex-: Alexandra Pinheiro, Mariana Luccon
    • Father: Oscar da Silva
    • Mother: Vera Lucia da Silva
    • Siblings: Cristiane da Silva Rocha
    • Children: Carlos Eduardo da Silva Rocha, Christopher da Silva Rocha, Giovanna da Silva Rocha, Luca da Silva Rocha, Manuela da Silva Rocha, Rebeca da Silva Rocha, Roberta da Silva Rocha, Roberto Carlos Júnior da Silva Rocha
  • Football Players
  • Brazilian Men
  • Height: 5’6″ (168 cm), 5’6″ Males
  • More Facts
  • Awards:
    • 2008 – Golden Foot
    • 2004 – FIFA 100
    • 2003; 2002 – UEFA Team of the Year
    • 1998 – Trofeo EFE Best Ibero-American Soccer Player of the Spanish League

Childhood & Early Life

Roberto Carlos da Silva Rocha was born on 10 April 1973, to Oscar da Silva and Vera Lucia da Silva in an area called Garca in Sao Paolo, Brazil. He grew up in a poor family and his parents worked in a coffee plantation. Roberto Carlos, like many other Brazilian children, liked football and played it whenever he had time but he had already started working at the age of 12 in order to help his family. Carlos worked in a textile factory named Torsao Cardeiro.


Roberto Carlos’ career as a footballer started in Brazil with the club Uniao Sao Joao which was based in the area of Araras in Sao Paolo. He played for the youth ranks at the club before moving to bigger clubs in Brazil and beyond.

In 1992, when Roberto Carlos was 19 years old he moved on loan from Uniao Sao Joao to the Belo Horizonte based Atletico Mineiro and played for the club in a few games before moving on to Palmeiras in the following season. In the same year, he was also selected for the Brazil national team.

After joining Palmeiras in 1993, he helped the Sao Paulo based club to two Brazilian league titles in the two seasons that he played for them. It was at Palmeiras that his skills as an attacking left back were noticed by other clubs and after his stint at Palmeiras, Carlos was being courted by the top clubs in Europe.

In 1995, Roberto Carlos joined the Italian club Inter Milan and moved to Europe. The season was not a successful one for the club as it finished at the 7th spot but Carlos announced himself on the big stage by scoring a thunderous free kick in his very first game and that was to become his hall mark for the rest of his career. He left Inter Milan after a season.

In 1996, Robert Carlos moved to Real Madrid as their left back and at Madrid he became one of the mainstays of the team during a successful period for the club. He played for Real Madrid for 11 years and was considered by many to be the best left full back in the world. He scored 71 goals in 584 games and helped the club win plenty of trophies including 4 league titles as well as 3 UEFA Champions League trophies.

After the 2006 World Cup in which Brazil was knocked out in the quarter final by France, Carlos announced his retirement from the national team. He had scored 11 goals in 125 appearances for the team. The following year he left Real Madrid and joined Turkish club Fenerbahce and after winning one trophy he exited the club two years later.

In 2010, Roberto Carlos went back to Brazil and joined Corinthians and scored a few important goals, however, he decided to quit the club following threats of violence from the fans at the club. The following year he joined Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala and retired from professional football after a season.

After serving as the temporary manager at Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala, Roberto Carlos became the manager of Turkish club Sivasspor in 2013 but left the following year. The following year he managed Turkish club Akhishar Belediyespor before managing Indian Super League team Delhi Dynamos.

Awards & Achievements

Roberto Carlos figured in the FIFA World Cup Dream Team and was also named in the FIFA World Cup All-Star Team in 1998 and 2002. In 2004, he was named in the FIFA 100 list of the world’s greatest living players.

Personal Life & Legacy

Roberto Carlos got married to Mariana Luccon in 2009. He has eight children; four sons and four daughters. However, it must be noted that very little is known about his personal life and all the children might not have the same mother.

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