Signed as a free agent by Anzhi Makhachkala
The last couple of years have been bittersweet for Roberto Carlos.
At Corinthians, having played a good first season, his second season was poor and he became a target for the vocal Corinthian supporters.
So demonstrative was the rhetoric against Carlos that he was released from the club.
In 2003, fresh from winning the UEFA Champions League and a FIFA World Cup, then Real Madrid wing back Roberto Carlos said, "I wish to play until 40, I feel capable of that."
Having signed a two-and-a-half year contract worth €10 million—not too bad for someone nearing retirement—the 38-year-old is set to live up to his words.
At Anzhi Makhachkala, he has reinvented himself as a defensive midfielder because aside from a few games at left back, Kamil Agalarov has been the main left back.
With three Man of the Match awards as a defensive midfielder, it seems Carlos is as evergreen as Ryan Giggs.
Unfortunately for Carlos' rejuvenated success, there has also been bitterness towards the climate in Russia, specifically the racist nature of Russian supporters.