Birmingham City left to rue the one that got away

Former Brazil star Roberto Carlos has admitted that he was close to joining Birmingham City at the start of his career, as reported by the Daily Mail.

Carlos was one of the best defenders of all time and earned 125 caps for Brazil before retiring back in 2012.

Now boss of Turkish club Sivasspor, Carlos has admitted that he had an offer to join Birmingham City in 1995 but his then club Uniao Sao Joao were demanding a bigger fee than the Blues could afford.

City owner Barry Fry was wowed by Carlos in the Umbro Cup that summer which included a trademark goal from distance from the future Real Madrid star.

Roberto Carlos went on to join Inter Milan, managed by Roy Hodgson, instead of Birmingham but the Brazilian admits he wanted to join the Blues.

“At the time I had an offer from an English club – Birmingham. I remember it to this day,”

‘But it didn’t work out because Uniao Sao Joao were asking for too much money.’