Real Madrid legend Roberto Carlos has vehemently denied allegations that he took performance-enhancing drugs during his playing career.
According to German publication ARD, Roberto Carlos was a patient of Dr Julio Cesar Alves, who has been accused of illegal practices in his development of sportspeople and providing doping substances to the Brazilian a month after he helped his country win the 2002 World Cup.
“I vehemently repudiate the irresponsible accusations made by ARD and reaffirm that I have never pulled any stunt that would let me take advantage of my colleagues,” he said in a statement picked up by Globoesporte.
“The report cites the name of a doctor, whom I have never met in my life, and my lawyers are already working to refute the charges in court and publicly try them before a judge.”
The former left-back added that he passed several drug tests at the nine clubs he played for over a 20-year period, thus “any use of any prohibited product would have easily been detected.”
The doctor can be heard saying in an undercover recording by ARD that he treated Roberto Carlos from the age of 15, especially in making his thighs stronger.
He was also caught explaining how to escape doping controls and that he told his patients to stop taking the prescribed substances 15 days before a competition.
The 44-year-old made over 500 appearances for Los Blancos between 1996 and 2007, winning four La Liga titles and three Champions Leagues.