Carlos Alberto, European Dragons champion, recalled his time in Portuguese football
A figure in the 2004 Champions League final, won by FC Porto, Carlos Alberto remembers his time at the Estádio do Dragão. In an interview, the former striker of the team then managed by Mourinho regrets the short time spent in Portuguese football.
“I regret that I didn’t stay longer at FC Porto, that I didn’t naturalize and that I couldn’t play in the Portuguese national team. I kept dreaming that I could play a World Cup for my country At the time, when they considered that possibility (to play for Portugal) I thought of betraying my country. But it was not possible for several reasons”, he declared, during a conversation with the WiBCast podcast.
“Unfortunately in the Brazilian team you are not called only for your football. There are several other things. I ended up going back to Brazil, I had opportunities, but I heard that I didn’t behave properly, plus this and that… played was not seen. One mistake, a thousand condemnations. When I did something wrong, I paid a huge price for people to m ‘accept again, so that I can once again be recognized for who I was,” he added.
Carlos Alberto only spent a year at FC Porto, playing half of the 2003/2004 season and the other half in 2004/2005. He scored five goals in 39 matches and won two international titles, the Intercontinental Cup and the Champions League, as well as a championship and a Super Cup.