Roberto Carlos owns up!
Brazil and Real Madrid legend Roberto Carlos has made a startling and quite disappointing admission about that free-kick against France in Le Tornoi in 1997.
For England fans, the Tornoi tournament in the summer of 1997 will always hold a special place since the Three Lions won it and Paul Scholes was superb.
The tournament was held a year before the World Cup in France and will forever be remembered for one goal:
That Roberto Carlos free-kick for Brazil against France.
Very few will remember that Brazil and France drew 1-1 a year before they would meet in the World Cup final.
EVERYONE remembers the Roberto Carlos free-kick!
Won by Ronaldo in his prime, Roberto Carlos stepped up and produced a free-kick that remains one of the greatest, if not the greatest, of all time.
The ball spun well outside of Fabien Barthez’s left hand post, before coming back in and nestling in the bottom low corner.
Roberto Carlos speaks to L’Equipe about that free-kick
On Tuesday, French newspaper L’Equipe have published a lengthy article on the art of free-kick taking.
Included in the feature is an interview with Brazil and Real Madrid legend Roberto Carlos, who makes a shocking admission.
Roberto Carlos says: “The ball was going completely wide but the wind brought it back to the goal. It was a miracle.”
Considering how everyone thought at the time it was down to Brazilian brilliance and the thunder thighs of a world class full back, this is a huge disappointment.
Especially as it comes over 20 years after the event.
Mihajlovic: “For me, a free-kick is football”
Also worth noting is an incredible quote from the same article, via Serie A free-kick legend Sinisa Mihajlovic who also discussed the art of free-kick taking.
Mihajlovic: “I played football for the free-kicks. I didn’t like football all that much, but the free-kicks were great. For me, a free-kick is football. If there hadn’t have been that, I might not have played.”
Quotes via @tomwfootball.