Carlos Roa and games to life in the eighth round of the 1998 World Cup (DT Argentina - England)
During 27 years in power at MU (1986-2013), Sir Alex Ferguson has been brought numerous successful signings, besides many deal "deficit" well known as Ronaldinho (2003), John Obi Mikel (2006) . However, the screen "flip truss" most bizarre team history Old Trafford Carlos Roa to mention in 1999.
Carlos Roa - the hero of Argentina in the 1998 World Cup Training is the first name is Sir Alex aiming to replace Peter Schmeichel legend
At that time, the MU has parted Peter Schmeichel legendary goalkeeper after a "eat three" history (Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup) and Sir Alex Carlos Roa regarded as the top target.
Reason: Argentine goalkeeper spent 2 years at the top with the title "Best Goalkeeper La Liga 1997/98", the best European goalkeeper 1998/99 season by the Association of European sports journalism award . Thanks to the excellent form of Roa, current club Real Mallorca La Liga 1998/99 3rd (behind Real and Barca), entry to the UEFA Cup final (lost to Lazio).
1998 World Cup in France, Carlos Roa kept a clean 3 round match, and Argentina beat England DT in rounds 1/8 after shootout brainstorming (Roa successful clearance of Paul Ince scored two plays, David Batty ), just stopped in the quarterfinals (lost to the Netherlands 1-2).
However, the transfer to MU derailed at the last minute by Carlos Roa ... suddenly announced retirement at age 30 to join the Seventh-day Adventist Church. As well as to follow the call of religion, he believed in the prophecy earth will perish in 2000 and want to take the time for yourself.
"That day, I study the Bible and very religious. The decision to retire was difficult, but the family also supported me. In the meantime, the club Mallorca believe I will come back to help them make more money if the deal transfer (to MU) happened, "Carlos Roa on Mirror revealed.
Ultimately there is no doomsday, Carlos Roa yourself back again ... Pierced gloves draped Mallorca after less than 1 year. Still, he can not regain the top level and the official position before quietly retiring again in 2006.
Carlos Roa admitted deeply regret the decision to retire at the age of 30 and missed opportunities jacket MU
Toward the MU, the home side at Old Trafford engulfed in crisis, "guard house" with the deal failed as Mark Bosnich, Fabien Barthez, Roy Carroll, Tim Howard until 2005, when Sir Alex brought Edwin Van Der Sar. Carlos Roa name also sink into oblivion.
Looking back on his career peak, the former goalkeeper was born in 1969 acknowledged extremely regret missed opportunities jacket "giants" of English football: "The decision to retire completely correct about the spiritual aspect , but the technical aspects are not. I have retired from the round ball in a career best time, can go further with the signings of promise and opportunity to play football in England. "