Controversial for Corinthians
Roberto Carlos signed with Corinthians at the end of 2009 to dispute the 2010 season for the club, the year of the centenary and arrived with controversies with the fans in the first interview for the new club.
The press conference went very well with Roberto Carlos saying that Corinthians would be the club that he would like to end his career, praising the fans, but when asked about the 2000 World Cup in which Corinthians won, taking Real Madrid in the semifinal, Roberto Carlos minimized, “It was a Mundialito. But, honestly, many players on our team stayed up until 5am, 6am. The staff did not sleep, many came for a walk. Furthermore, European teams faced enormous heat. The Manchester United people, then, there in Rio, were just in the pool. ” Annoying part of the Corinthians fans.
In 2011 Corinthians traveled to Colombia to face Tolima for the second match of the pre-Libertadores. Roberto Carlos had been spared for the second consecutive weekend to be 100% in the most important match of the year so far. The coach of Corinthians at the time, Tite, preferred to climb Fábio Santos than the experienced full-back from three World Cups. Despite not even having entered the field in that defeat, Roberto Carlos was very marked, with fame as a "popcorn maker", and that he would have felt the pressure to enter the field.
After that defeat, the mood was bad at the club. Cheering protesting in CT, breaking glass of players' car, Ronaldo announcing retirement and the next game being the classic against Palmeiras. Roberto Carlos did not appear in the classic that Corinthians won (calming the crowd) nor in the other two next games of the Paulista Championship. The player claimed, at the beginning, that he was not on the pitch due to muscle discomfort. Soon afterwards, he insinuated that he was not playing because he was feeling threatened and supposedly being chased by motorcycles, “I am rethinking some things, structuring my security. I'm being threatened over the phone and so is my family. Even motorcycles are chasing my car on the streets. This is crossing the line. Fabiano (Farah, agent) is returning from abroad early next week. If he comes up with something good, I must accept it. I'm not going to another Brazilian club, but outside is another situation. I will analyze what is best for me. I can go, yes. ”
After a week the seasoned fullback would leave the club that promised to retire to play for Russia's Anzhi.