Legendary Brazilian midfielder and left-back Ze Roberto has announced that he will be retiring from football at the end of the Brazilian Serie A season. At the ripe old age of 43, he will play his last game for his current club Palmeiras against Atletico Paranaese on the 3rd of December.
Ze Roberto's 23-year-long career has seen him play across the world, and he has picked up multiple honours along the way. Starting his career in his native Brazil in 1994, Ze Roberto went on to appear for Real Madrid, Bayern Munich (twice), Bayer Leverkusen and Santos.
In that time, the Brazilian picked up one La Liga title, one Champions League title, four Bundesliga titles, 3 DFB-Pokals, one Copa do Brasil, and one Brazilian Serie A title.
Ze Roberto also made 84 international appearances for Brazil, and represented his nation at two World Cups. He won two Copa Americas and two Confederations Cups in his international career. The midfielder was also selected as part of the 2006 World Cup All Star Team.
But after a long a very successful career, the Brazilian has finally decided to hang up his boots. The versatile Ze Roberto has garnered a lot of respect in his long playing career.
As a defensive or box to box midfielder, or even as an attacking wing-back, Ze Roberto proved to be a reliable servant to a number of top division clubs.