ROBERTO CARLOS revealed he almost moved to Aston Villa earlier in his career.
The Brazilian is an iconic footballer and one of the best left-backs in the game’s history, who won a World Cup and the Champions League three times.
But had things gone differently, he could well have been celebrating success in the 1996 League Cup final and a narrow defeat in the FA Cup showpiece four years later.
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He told SunSport: “I actually came close to joining Aston Villa early in my career.
“I met with the club, but nothing happened.
“Birmingham were also interested, but it didn’t go anywhere and I later joined Inter Milan.”
Roberto Carlos was at Palmeiras in the summer of 1995 and played at Villa Park in a friendly for Brazil against Sweden.
Then chairman, Doug Ellis was impressed with what he saw, but manager, Brian Little, was less enthusiastic.
In the end, Villa brought in Gareth Southgate from Crystal Palace for £2.5million and Roberto Carlos moved to Inter a year on.
However, he claimed Nerazzurri boss Roy Hodgson insisted on playing him as a winger when he preferred to play in defence and he left to join Real Madrid after one year.
The 2002 Ballon d’Or runner-up, who will be pulling the Brazil shirt back on alongside Gilberto Silva, Juliano Belletti and many more star names at Star Sixes, a new six-a-side world cup for legends being staged at The O2, London, July 13-16, also explained how he came close to a move to Chelsea in 2007.
Roberto Carlos left Real Madrid that summer and was keen on a switch to Stamford Bridge, but revealed that, after a meeting with the Blues owner, the transfer fell through.
He added: “I met with Roman Abramovich in Paris we spoke and there were a few things we couldn’t agree on.
“It was close but, in the end, it wasn’t possible.”
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