Carlos Enrique Raposo
, famously known as “Kaiser” in football circles due to his supposed resemblance to Franz Beckenbauer in his youth, boasts a 13-year career as a professional footballer without ever stepping onto the field for a match. Despite this, he managed to deceive numerous clubs including Botafogo, Flamengo, Independiente, Bangú, Fluminense, Vasco da Gama, América, Puebla, El Paso, and Ajax.
Starting his youth career at Botafogo and Flamengo, Raposo’s first “transfer” was to the Mexican club Puebla, where his skills during a training session left a lasting impression.
In an interview, Raposo rationalizes his actions, attributing them to the deceitful practices prevalent within football clubs: “The clubs often misled players, and someone had to retaliate for all of them.”
While joining prestigious clubs like Botafogo, Flamengo, and Fluminense, Raposo had no intention of actually playing. Instead, he resorted to simulating injuries and skipping training sessions to achieve his goals.
Despite his antics being known amongst players, Raposo enjoyed a friendly relationship with everyone, and he managed to avoid scrutiny from journalists, whom he allegedly paid to publish favorable articles.
During a critical moment when he was at risk of being fielded, Raposo engaged in a confrontation with fans while warming up, resulting in his expulsion before even stepping onto the field.
Recalling an incident where he dodged playing due to a supposed dental issue, Raposo recounts: “I managed to fool the doctors. At one point, the team was eager for me to play, and I had a dentist friend. The club president once approached me and said, ‘You never play!’ I responded, ‘I have a medical report that finally diagnoses my problem—it’s a dental issue. It was all nonsense.'”
Raposo’s extraordinary story gained international attention, leading to the release of a film and book in 2018 titled “Kaiser! The Greatest Footballer Who Never Played Football.”
In a bold claim, Raposo declares himself as “the greatest footballer who never played football,” boasting of his off-field conquests, including allegedly sleeping with 1,000 women while pretending to be injured throughout his career.