Former Real Madrid and Brazil defender Roberto Carlos has today aimed a surprise rant at Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson.
Carlos, who called time on his career in 2012 before coming out of retirement for a brief Indian stint in 2015, is widely regarded as one of the greatest South American full-backs in history.
He is most fondly remembered for his time spent with both the Selecao, for whom he racked up 125 caps, and Real Madrid, where he spent 11 trophy-laden years between 1996 and 2007.
However, prior to joining Los Blancos, Carlos spent an underwhelming season with Italian giants Inter Milan, where he was coached by none other than former England manager and current Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson.
In, 1995, the Brazilian star arrived at the San Siro alongside Paul Ince and Javier Zanetti in what was seen as a summer of change for the Nerazzurri, but a disappointing campaign eventually saw the Milanese outfit finish in 7th place in Serie A, as well as being ousted from the Uefa Cup in the first round.
Carlos was deployed in midfield by Hodgson, a decision which the now 44-year-old has claimed could have had a detrimental effect on his international career.
Speaking in an interview with PlanetFootball, Carlos did not hold back in his criticism of his former boss, with some of the highlights below:
‘Hodgson’s stay at Inter destroyed me. He played me in midfield and I had to consider that there was a chance that this would ruin my career in the national side.’
‘It’s not that I did not have a good relationship with Hodgson. It is just that Hodgson doesn’t know much about football.’
‘When Inter lost in the Uefa Cup final against Schalke in ’96, it was purely because of Hodgson.’
‘Fabio Capello [who signed the player for Real from Inter] was different – so different – and when I moved to Madrid I did it because of him.’
‘He is the most important coach I have had in my life.’