Roberto Carlos Quits Brazil to Join Russian Soccer Club Anzhi Makhachkala

Roberto Carlos, Brazil’s former World Cup-winning left back, joined Russian soccer club Anzhi Makhachkala after leaving Corinthians by mutual consent.

The 37-year-old signed a 2 1/2-year contract, Anzhi Makhachkala said on its website last night, without giving financial details of the deal. He was offered 15 million reais ($9 million) a year, Sao Paulo-based Corinthians said on their website Feb. 12.

Roberto Carlos, who played on three World Cup teams for Brazil including the 2002 champions, spent 15 years in Italy, Spain and Turkey before joining Corinthians in December 2009. He said in a December interview that he no longer needed to seek out bigger checks abroad.

His most successful spell at club level came during an 11- year stint at Real Madrid, where he won three Champions League and four Spanish league titles.

Anzhi Makhachkala, based in the southern Russian republic of Dagestan, finished 11th in Russia’s 16-team Premier League last season.

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