Brazilian football legend Roberto Carlos treated child cancer patients to a kickabout at the Marsa Sports Complex today.
The 2002 World Cup winner visited Malta, his first ever trip to the island, to raise awareness about this weekend’s Puttinu Cares marathon for children with cancer.
Brazilian legend Roberto Carlos delights children battling cancer at the Marsa Sports Complex ⚽
Posted by Lovin Malta on Wednesday, September 11, 2019
“Love has no limit and when you do what you love, magic is very real,” he said in an uplifting message to the kids. “When you do what you love doing, you don’t need to force it – you simply do it and before you realise, you’re good enough to do it professionally. And then there’s no limit. You will never stop, because you’re doing what you love, right?”
He hailed Puttinu Cares as an example of this, noting that they do “something they are truly passionate about and that passion spreads”.
Carlos retired from professional football seven years ago but he clearly remains immensely popular in Malta, with children and their parents alike crowding around him today to get his autograph.
And although Malta didn’t get the chance to witness his legendary free kick skills, the former left-back proved he is still more than adept on the penalty spot, scoring several goals past a young Maltese keeper to the delight of the crowd.
He also presented a $2,000 donation to Puttinu Cares, along with Lucky.io, a Malta-based online casino which brought the footballer to Malta.
Roberto Carlos becomes the second world-class footballer to visit Malta ahead of the Puttinu Cares marathon, after Gianlugi Buffon did likewise back in 2007.