Having won the Champions League with Porto at the tender age of 19, Carlos Alberto would have been forgiven for expecting his career to blossom in Europe. A tenacious, dynamic attacking midfielder, his displays caught the eyes of many in the old continent in that 2003-2004 season.
Things didn't quite work out for the Rio native, however. A series of missteps and disciplinary problems saw his star plummet, to the extent that, in 2011, he was struggling to break into the Bahia side that had offered him a loan lifeline in Série A. Luckily for Carlos Alberto, though, he's been granted one last chance at the club with whom he enjoyed perhaps the most stable two-year spell of his career - Vasco da Gama.
In the week of his first appearance for months, I've written about the 27-year-old over at In Bed With Maradona. You can read the article here.
(Photo credit: Lancenet.)