Many Brazilians are very skilful with the ball. Carlos Kaiser is not one of them. Then, how did he manage to sign a contract with a French Ligue 2 club? It is a truly shocking story that began in Rio de Janeiro.
Do you want to become a striker without being able to score goals? Sounds impossible, but the dream came true for one actor.
In his early 20s, Kaiser made crucial friendships that assured him a proper start to a football career. His new friends - Romario, Branco and Richardo Rocha would, while signing new contracts, convince their clubs to take "talented" Kaiser on a three-month trial.
Sadly for the team and luckily for him, the cheater got a chance at Botafogo. Without playing even one match for the club, he was transferred to Flamengo. Guess what? No records of any matches played in his second team either.
The one thing he did best was faking injuries. When his managers thought he was ready to play, Kaiser would prove them wrong. Trainings were the best opportunity get injured. Every once in a while, he take a shot, start feigning the pain and claim he had a micro-rupture in a muscle.
Although he successfully fooled his teammates, the club doctor back in Botafogo knew he was a fraud. Kaiser pretended to speak English over his phone, so the players would think foreign clubs are interested in signing him. The doctor checked his phone when Kaiser was absent and it turned out to be a toy.
Later on, his adventures continued overseas. Puebla was Kaiser's first club in North America, and El Paso was the second. Not an appearance at either of them, though.
So, he returned to Brazil and found himself a new club - Bangu. Amazingly, the Brazilian played one match for the new team.
As most of his friends went to seek for fortune in Europe, Kaiser did the same. All of the sudden, Gazelec Ajaccio made him their new signing.
The Forrest Gump of Brazilian football, as he was called, had to find a good reason for not coming into the game after he was sent to warm up. How could he get out of this one? Well, a red card of course.
He stuck with the team for six more months and then had to return to his homeland. Kaiser played for four Brazilian clubs and one from Argentina before finishing the career - goalless.
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