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Roberto Carlos hits out against hard-line Real regime

Real Madrid full back Roberto Carlos has defended himself and his team mates against criticism about their attitude from out-going president Florentino Perez and his successor Fernando Martin.

india Updated: Mar 04, 2006 22:01 IST
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Real Madrid full back Roberto Carlos has defended himself and his team mates against criticism about their attitude from out-going president Florentino Perez and his successor Fernando Martin.

"I've been at this club 10 years and they have treated me very well but I haven't been spoiled," the 32-year-old Brazilian international told Antena 3 television on Friday.

Perez said his decision to resign was because some of the club's big name players, the "Galacticos", had become spoiled. Martin has criticised a lack of team spirit and commitment among some members of the squad.

Martin cracked the whip at his first news conference as president on Thursday, saying he was setting up an independent commission to assess the attitude of all squad members. He made it clear that anyone who did not come up to scratch would be discarded.

But Roberto Carlos said the new president, who has been given the backing of the rest of the board, was taking the wrong approach.

"For the players it would be better if the president did not speak so strongly," he said.

"We play in the best club in the world, we are players who have a high-profile image and we make a lot of money for the club. I think I deserve what I earn.

"If they (the commission) want to follow me they will get very tired. I lead a normal life, I'm young and intelligent and am keen to have a good image. But we have to have our freedom because we are human beings."

The main target of criticism from fans and Spanish media has been Roberto Carlos's Brazilian team mate Ronaldo.

The striker has come under fire for failing to live up to expectations this season and he has responded by hinting that he might leave the club.

Ronaldo was left out of the squad for Saturday's city derby against Atletico Madrid for "technical reasons", but it was not clear if this was to spare him the ire of the home crowd, to rest him before Tuesday's decisive Champions League match against Arsenal, or as a punishment.

First Published: Mar 04, 2006 22:01 IST