Former World Cup-winning Brazil defender Roberto Carlos is set to get a taste of English Sunday league football on Friday.
Shrewsbury side Bull in the Barne United, named after a local pub, will see the 48-year-old former Real Madrid full-back make an appearance for them after winning a ‘Dream Transfer’ charity raffle on eBay in January.
Carlos is expected to be involved on Friday as Bull in the Barne take on compatriot Greenhous Shrewsbury and Sunday League Division One side Harlescott District Rangers in a friendly match.
His professional playing career, which included over 100 caps and winning the 2002 World Cup with Brazil and 11 seasons and three Champions League triumphs with Real Madrid, recently saw him spend a spell in India with the Delhi Dynamos in 2015.
When it was announced in January that he would play for Bull in the Barne for one game, Carlos said in a statement: “I am delighted to play for Bull in the Barne at Shrewsbury, paying tribute to the time when I almost signed for Birmingham City in the 90s, which is very close.
“I’ve heard the team have lost a number of players this season, so hopefully my training will be enough to help them improve their game and deliver what the fans at Bull in the Barne want to see! “
Bull in the Barne coach and goalkeeper Ed Speller said: “Roberto Carlos is one of those legends who has inspired a love of the game for so many young players.
“My jaw dropped when we found out Bull in the Barne had won the Dream Transfer and he would be playing alongside the team at Shrewsbury.
“It should be a good laugh for him to come and see what we’re made of, with taut free-kicks and hopefully no sleazy tackles!”
The draw also saw East Sussex side Pevensey and Westham land former England, Chelsea and Juventus striker Eni Aluko for one game.
That game came last month as Aluko came off the bench in Pevensey and Westham’s friendly loss to Ringmer AFC.
Money raised from the raffle, open to anyone associated with a Sunday League team and costing £5 to enter, went to Football Beyond Borders, a charity which helps disadvantaged young people in the community.