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Roberto Carlos set to retire

February 6, 2012
By ESPNsoccernet staff

Brazilian left-back Roberto Carlos has announced his intention to retire at the end of 2012.

Roberto Carlos is Anzhi's caretaker
GettyImagesRoberto Carlos is ready to stop playing

Carlos, 38, won 125 caps for Brazil throughout a stellar career spent mostly with Real Madrid but says that, though he wishes to continue as a coach at Anzhi Makhachkala, he's ready to stop playing.

"My contract with Anzhi finishes in June 2013 but in December I have the chance to stop playing," he said. "After that I will continue as an assistant to the president Suleiman Kerimov because with him I have a contract for life.

"It is the moment to hang up my boots. I see my sporting career as complete. I've experienced everything as a player. Now I want to rest and spend a little more time with my family."

"He has asked me to help create a structure for the club for the next 10 years."

Carlos joined Real from Inter Milan in 1996 and remained at the Bernabeu until 2007 but, despite having a reputation for being an impressive athlete, says it is time for him to give his body a rest.

"It is the moment to hang up my boots," he added. "I have played football for many years and I don't think my body can stand so much physical work, the travelling, the hotels any more.

"I have been a professional for more than 17 years, but have been playing for 22. This is my last year.

"I'm not stopping because I am injured, but because I see my sporting career as complete. I've played for Palmeiras, Real Madrid and Inter Milan.

"I've experienced everything as a player. Now I want to rest and spend a little more time with my family."

Carlos' international career spanned 14 years. He was part of Brazil's 2002 World Cup-winning squad and, at his peak, was widely thought of as the world's best left-back.