David Beckham takes better free kicks than me – Roberto Carlos

David Beckham takes better free kicks than me – Roberto Carlos


Former Real Madrid left back Roberto Carlos has said David Beckham is a better free kick taker than him but he still practices every day to improve.

The Brazilian now coaches in India after retiring as a player but says he loves to take free kicks every day and show fans of Delhi Dynamos he’s still got it when it comes to being a dead ball specialist.

The 42-year-old made a name for himself throughout his career for taking thunderous free kicks. Perhaps his most impressive was the ‘banana’ free kick he took for Brazil against France in Le Tournoi in 1997.

But speaking to Sport360, the ex-defender said he thinks former team mate Beckham takes better free kicks than him.

“I practise my free kicks every day. Of course, at the age of 42 the quality is not what it was, but I’m still determined to show India the best of Roberto Carlos. There are seven days in a week. I take seven free kicks daily. You should be relaxed before taking the free kick. You should have confidence in your ability and happiness that you are going to score a goal,” he said.

And he added: “Beckham takes free kicks better than me. It is a joy to watch him take free kicks and he has proved that free kicks are not all about power.”