Scientists prove Carlos free no fluke
Published 04/09/2010 | 05:00
SCIENTISTS at a Paris university have finally revealed the answer to a question the whole world has been wanting to know for years -- Roberto Carlos' famous bendy free-kick was not a fluke after all.
The Brazilian appeared to defy the laws of physics when he fired home a long-distance free against France in 1997 which forced a ball-boy to duck, thinking it was going to hit him before it curled back in past a motionless Fabian Barthez.
At the time, the former Real Madrid star claimed he meant the shot, but there were a few sceptics. Now, a research team at the Polytechnic School near Paris have done a study which claims to prove that Carlos' banana shot was no accident. "It was a freak shot, but it wasn't a fluke," said Professor Christophe Clanet.