Roberto Carlos had been at Real Madrid since the summer of 1996 and was used to winning trophies after collecting a La Liga title in his first season and the following year the first of three Champions Leagues.
With his country, Brazil, Roberto Carlos reached the World Cup final in 1998, missing out to hosts France.
Four years later, though, he would complete a unique double. The Brazilian left-back became a World Champion with the Samba Boys, while just before heading to the tournament in Korea and Japan he had a hand in one of the most amazing goals in Champions League history.
Raúl had given Real Madrid an early lead in the 2002 final at Glasgow’s Hampden Park, but Lucio quickly equalised for German outfit Bayer Leverkusen – who included another Star Sixes legend, Michael Ballack, in their side.
With the game heading into half-time all square, Santiago Solari clipped a ball down the left flank into the path of Carlos, who was on one of his regular raids forward. His first-time looping cross dropped invitingly for French superstar Zinedine Zidane, who was unmarked on the edge of the area, and he waved his wand of a left foot to volley perfectly into the top corner beyond the dive of Jörg Butt.
It was a goal to win any game, never mind the biggest club game in world football. With no more goals in the second half, Real Madrid claimed their ninth European Cup, while Carlos brought up his hat-trick to kick-off a perfect summer.
During 11 years at the Bernabeu, Roberto Carlos was one of their most famous Galácticos, while picking up no fewer than 17 trophies for club and country, and his assist for Zidane was a truly magical moment.
Make sure you don’t miss Roberto Carlos in action for Brazil again at the inaugural Star Sixes tournament at The O2, where 12 international teams will go head-to-head from 13-16 July for the first trophy. Get your tickets by visiting Ticketmaster or AXS.