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Roberto Carlos: “In just 10 minutes I decided to leave Inter and join Real Madrid”

The legendary left-back talked to FIFA about his early days as an Inter player and his decision to sign for Real Madrid.

SOCCER-REAL DE MADRID-TRAINING-CARLOS Photo by CHRISTOPHE SIMON/AFP via Getty Images

Real Madrid legend Roberto Carlos talked to FIFA in an Instagram Live and explained why he left Inter Milan to sign for Real Madrid, where he played for most of his career and ultimately became one of the best left-backs in football history.

“In Inter I played as a winger and even as a striker. My main issue there was that I scored seven goals on my first seven games and then I was played upfront, where I struggled. I talked to the president to tell him that I couldn’t play there because Brazil had to play the Copa America later and I needed to be a fullback. The thing is that very same day I had a meeting with Lorenzo Sanz and in just 10 minutes I decided to leave Inter and join Real Madrid,” revealed Roberto Carlos.

The former defender also talked about his two favorite free-kick goals.

“The one against Barcelona, although I believe that the one who made me famous was the one against France with Brazil. The ball was very light and that helped me a little,” he said.

Roberto Carlos concluded his brief interview by naming the toughest opponents he’s faced during his career.

“Eto’o, Joaquin and Figo. Yes, Figo, he was very tough. The toughest opponent I’ve faced,” he said.

Roberto Carlos won three Champions League and four Liga titles with Real Madrid. He also won a FIFA World Cup with Brazil.