Former Brazillian defender Roberto Carlos has shared some fond memories of his time at Real Madrid.
The 46-year-0ld was a key member of Madrid’s ‘Galactico’ era of global stars signed by the club every summer, which included Zinedine Zidane, Luís Figo, Ronaldo de Lima and David Beckham, and he admitted that the players may have wielded too much power at the club in that era.
Carlos also shared some fond memories of a “crazy” time he spent mostly with Ronaldo from their early days back home in Brazil.
He joined Madrid in 1996 where he spent 11 highly successful seasons, while Ronaldo joined him at the Spanish club in 2002 and spent five years.
“I met Ronaldo in 1993 and from that moment we always shared a room,” he told Portuguese television, as quoted by AS. “I’ve slept more times with Ronaldo than my wife!
“Today when I’m looking back I think; how is it possible that we got away with so much craziness?
“After every game it was private jets left, right and centre. We’d meet at the private terminal at [Madrid airport] Barajas and [David] Beckham would be off god knows where, [Luis] Figo and [Zinedine] Zidane would be off somewhere or other, Ronaldo and me…and we had to train the day after tomorrow.
“I used to pray for Saturday fixtures so I could go to the Formula 1 on Sunday. It was private jets all over the place. It was crazy.”
He added that some managers’ attempts to wrest control of the dressing room spelled the end of their time in Madrid.
“During the Galácticos era there were seven of us… it created a dangerous situation in the dressing room.
“We always managed the situation well, we got along well, but [Jose Antonio] Camacho didn’t and he only lasted 10 days.
“He came into the dressing room, said hello to everybody and was very serious, a man with a lot of history at Real Madrid.
“Then he said: ‘I want everybody here tomorrow morning at 7am.’ We normally trained at 10:30. We talked to him to try and get him to change the time; we had our habits.”