Roberto Carlos announced he will retire at the end of 2012 – he has been playing for Anzhi Makhachkala in the Russian league – and there is no better time to select some great Brazilian full-back goals. It’s one of the dramatic sites in the history football – the full back brought forward like a Roman catapult to crack the resistance. They can be divided into two main genres: the “f… that was powerful” and the “how the hell did he score from that angle?”
So here we go:
1. Still the most famous: Carlos Alberto v. Italy:
2. Probably the least famous but most skillful, combining both genres – Nelinho v. Italy in 1978:
3. Josimar had two outrageous blasts in the 1986 World Cup. From an impossible angle against the Poles and this rocket against Northern Ireland.
4. This is my favorite Roberto Carlos goal – but you may want a second opinion.
5. Maicon against the North Koreans. I happened to be there. It was bitterly cold and Brazil were horrible, but we all went home with a stupid grin on our faces.
6. Fresh – Daniel Alves v. Real Madrid: