Roberto Carlos - Corinthians
After Ronaldo's presentation and the conquests of the Paulista Championship and the Brazilian Cup in 2009, the Corinthians fans did not have another reinforcement with international renown. Even counting on the fact that left-back André Santos, with great prominence in the titles of Paulista and Copa do Brasil, was sold to Fenerbahçe. This expectation was broken with the arrival of the R9 teammate from the times of the Brazilian team and Real Madrid, the five-time world champion Roberto Carlos.
Roberto Carlos arrived as the icing on the cake in the year of the centenary alvinegro. In his presentation, he did not spare praise for the Corinthians fans and also expressed what the fans wanted to hear, he arrived to win the long-dreamed Libertadores, “My contract is for two years, but after what I saw here I can stay another 50 in Corinthians. What is certain is that I will end my career here. I have lived moments of emotion in my life, but this is unique. Hearing this crowd shouting my name is chilling. The reward will be given on the field. It is an important year for the club, with a centenary, Libertadores and we are going to make progress. I am more crazy for this gang. ” After 16 years in Europe, the five-time world champion was back in a Brazilian team.
On the arrival of Roberto Carlos, it didn't hinder the fact that the side already wore the shirt of the biggest rival, so much that the fans expected from the side, despite being already 36 years old.
The season began and Roberto Carlos soon showed that his adaptation to return to Brazilian football would happen quickly. Debut in Libertadores in a quiet group, making 15 points out of 18 possible and scoring his first goal in March, against Santo André.
The alvinegro club focused its strengths on Libertadores, leaving Paulista a little on the side, with that left out of the final stage of the championship, all in favor of the main South American competition.In the round of 16 of the Libertadores. Corinthians and Flamengo faced off with the Corinthians team still adapting with the replacements of the departure of important players from last season. Flamengo wins the first game by 1-0 at Maracanã and despite Corinthians winning at Pacaembu, the red man scores an away goal and qualifies for the qualified goal. A bucket of cold water in the crowd, an elimination in the first phase of forest kills of the tournament that had not yet won.
Roberto Carlos did well in Libertadores and closed the Campeonato Paulista with 3 goals scored.
Corinthians only had the Brazilian Championship, so as not to pass the Centenary without titles. And the club starts the Championship well, leading in the first matches, suffering a defeat only in the 10th round. However, coach Mano Menezes is invited to train the Brazilian team, leaving the team in the middle of the championship. Adilson Batista is Mano's replacement and does a terrible job, getting to stay 7 rounds without winning. When Tite is hired, there are only 8 rounds left, in which the club managed 5 wins and 3 draws, not enough for the title but enough to keep the spot for the 2011 pre-Libertadores.
The year 2011 begins and soon Corinthians faces Tolima to enter the group stage of the Libertadores. The team tied the first game at home by 0-0, which has already caused fans irritation because it is a much weaker team technically. In the second game, in Colombia, Tolima wins 2-0 and eliminates Corinthians causing a real crisis in Parque São Jorge. Ronaldo announces retirement, Jucilei and Bruno César move to Europe and Roberto Carlos, claiming to be threatened by the crowd, ends up terminating his contract with Corinthians, ending his stint at the alvinegro club.