Friday, 11 October 2019

'I've slept with Ronaldo more times than my wife!'

The Brazilian World Cup winner has discussed his time as a Galactico at Santiago Bernabeu alongside his old friend

Former Brazil defender Roberto Carlos has lifted the lid on his time at Real Madrid.

The full-back, famed for his rocket of a left foot from dead ball situations, was a key member of Real’s ‘Galactico’ sides, and he admitted that the players may have wielded too much power at the club in that era.

Carlos has fond memories of a “crazy” time, especially that spent with a friend from their early days back home in Brazil.

“I met Ronaldo in 1993 and from that moment we always shared a room,” he told Portuguese television, as quoted by AS. “I’ve slept more times with Ronaldo than my wife!

“Today when I’m looking back I think; how is it possible that we got away with so much craziness?

“After every game it was private jets left, right and centre. We’d meet at the private terminal at  [Madrid airport] Barajas and [David] Beckham would be off god knows where, [Luis] Figo and [Zinedine] Zidane would be off somewhere or other, Ronaldo and me…and we had to train the day after tomorrow.

“I used to pray for Saturday fixtures so I could go to the Formula 1 on Sunday. It was private jets all over the place. It was crazy.”

The antics may have been fun for the players, who were a close-knit group, but some managers' attempts to wrest control of the dressing room spelled the end of their time in Madrid.

“During the Gal├ícticos era there were seven of us… it created a dangerous situation in the dressing room.

“We always managed the situation well, we got along well, but [Jose Antonio] Camacho didn’t and he only lasted 10 days.

“He came into the dressing room, said hello to everybody and was very serious, a man with a lot of history at Real Madrid.

“Then he said: ‘I want everybody here tomorrow morning at 7am.’ We normally trained at 10:30. We talked to him to try and get him to change the time; we had our habits.”

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