left wing back was that carlos could score as well as defend very well. Too many times have I seen defender great in the attacking department but poor in the defending area as defenders bomb forward too much leaving behind gaps in defense. Roberto carlos’s positioning was exceptional as he always seemed to be a very aggressive and attacking defender but always tracked back to his position to defend so quickly, sometimes I thought there were two roberto carlos on the pitch. He moved so well and with so much pace, stamina, vision and always created danger in the opponents penalty box with his pin point crosses and his bazooka long range left footed rockets.

Roberto carlos had a rocket of a left foot, he could score from anywhere, anywhere

Roberto carlos had a rocket of a left foot, he could score from anywhere, anywhere

(Source realmadrid.com)

 

 

It’s sad that he left the way he did but real madrid will always remember him for the good things he did for real madrid rather than just blame him for the goal in the champions league which real madrid conceded in less than 11 seconds into the game which eventually knocked real madrid out of the tournament. I just hope he can get involved with real madrid in the youth programs so that his unique talent can be passed on to the next generation of players and may be real madrid would get another roberto carlos from their youth system, which has been disappointing for a number of years because real madrid buy so many foreign big name players that the youth team teenagers never get the chance to play for the first team and thus get transfered so some other clubs.

One of the all time greats

One of the all time greats

(Source it.eurosport.yahoo.com)

 

As far as marcelo goes, I don’t think he is the next roberto carlos because of a number of reasons, one being that although he is performing well, roberto carlos was far faster than him on the pitch and could attack more efficiently with his long range shots and his powerful runs into the opponent,s penalty area. Marcelo does not has that kind of a pace nor does he has a powerful shot although he has scored long range goals for brazil but those goal were just one offs. He must improve his skill on the ball and work on those legs to get some pace while running with the ball.

Marcelo does not has that ability to intercept difficult balls

Marcelo does not has that ability to intercept difficult balls