“I regret not playing for Portugal, I thought they were betraying my country”

Carlos Alberto was one of the figures of FC Porto who won the Champions League in 2004. After an excellent half-season, the Brazilian striker left in the middle of the 2004/05 season and returned to Brazil, a decision that he confessed to regret.

“I regret not having stayed longer at FC Porto, not naturalizing and not being able to 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 this possibility (playing for Portugal), I thought maybe I was betraying my country. But it was not possible for several reasons,” he said while participating in the podcast.


“Unfortunately, in the Brazilian team, you are not called only for your football. There are several other things that complete the glass of water. I ended up going back to Brazil, I had opportunities, but I heard that I did not behave (correct), rather this or that. And the football I played was not seen. One mistake, a thousand condemnations. When I did something f***, I paid a huge price for people to accept me again, to be recognized again for who I was,” he added.

The former player, currently 39, has never been a regular presence in the Brazil national team, having been an international on five occasions. Carlos Alberto, who played for FC Porto, Corinthians, Fluminense, Werder Bremen, São Paulo, Botafogo, Vasco, Grémio, Bahia, Figueirense, Boavista and Ahtletico Parananese, ended his career with eight titles: a Portuguese League, a Cândido de Oliveira Super Cup, a Champions League and an Intercontinental Cup, among others.

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