Real Madrid legend Roberto Carlos scores for Shrewsbury Sunday league team who won eBay charity competition
I bet you never thought you’d see footballing icon Roberto Carlos turning out for a Shropshire-based Sunday league team.
But Shrewsbury side, Bull in the Barne United, named after a local pub, had the World Cup-winning Brazilian make a goal-scoring appearance.
The pub team won a ‘Dream Transfer’ eBay raffle in January, claiming the footballing icon for a one-off game.
The 48-year-old ex-Real Madrid and Inter Milan man showed some nice touches after coming off the bench in the first half, and subsequently came back on to score a penalty late on as Bull in the Barne were beaten 4-3.
Roberto Carlos won over 100 caps and the 2002 World Cup with Brazil and spent 11 seasons with Madrid winning the Champions League on three occasions.
Following the match he told PA Media: “I’m very happy to be back playing.
“Football is amazing and even though I’ve had the opportunity to play with the biggest names in world football, playing here is very enjoyable. Always good to score a goal!
“A lot of people don’t realise that even though I played with some of the biggest clubs and best players in the world I started ‘here’ in Brazil, at 13, 14 years old. It brings back great memories for me playing on pitches like this.”
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Roberto Carlos had seen some of the local area in the build-up to the match, and was set to join the players at the pub afterwards.
And he said: “I really enjoyed it – I also come from a small-town background, so I like the vibe in the area. I had a nice day here yesterday in the area, so I’ve had time to get to know it.
“It’s just amazing that football gives you these opportunities to be able to meet new people, new cultures, different places. I certainly haven’t been somewhere like this before.”
Money raised from the raffle, open to anyone associated with a Sunday league team and costing £5 to enter, has gone to Football Beyond Borders, a charity that helps disadvantaged young people in the community.
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Source: Culled From Talksport.