Roberto Carlos came “very close” to joining Chelsea – and even had a meeting with owner Roman Abramovich.
The Brazilian won three Champions League honours with Real Madrid and a World Cup with his country between 1996 and 2007.
But the 11-year marker on his time at the Bernabeu was the end of the full-back’s contract, with the left-back deciding it was time to move on.
And the 47-year-old has revealed that it was the Blues who almost got him to the Premier League.
Speaking to Goal , the Brazilian legend said: “I had two proposals, Fenerbahce and Chelsea. Chelsea didn't work out so I signed for Fenerbahce.
“But, with Chelsea, it got very close. It was literally agreed and I just had to go there and sign the contract.
“It was just a week before I signed for Fenerbahce and I had been to Paris to meet both Roman Abramovich and Peter Kenyon.
“Unfortunately, in the final moments something didn't work out just before finalising, which happens a lot in football. There was an issue with the lawyer.
“It was all agreed, though, and I am 100 per cent sure I would have done well in the Premier League and it would have suited my characteristics.”
Carlos would have been joining a side managed by Jose Mourinho, who had won two Premier League titles and an FA Cup in his last three seasons.
But he would not be at Stamford Bridge much longer, getting the sack from Abramovich just three months after the failed move for Carlos.
The full-back played with some of the best footballers in history during his time at Madrid – and he put one of them above Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
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When asked for his greatest player of all time, the Brazilian said: “Ronaldo was the best. There will never be another 'Phenomenon'.
“I think that in our generation it was more difficult to score goals.
“It was more physical then and the attackers were less protected. But Ronaldo could do anything.”
It comes as Carlos showed he can still find the target with his iconic banana free kick on social media.
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