BRAZILIAN World Cup winner Roberto Carlos and his former national teammate Julio Baptista are expected to arrive in the country today under the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority’s sports tourism programme. ZTA worked in conjunction with the World

Class Legends to bring the two superstars to Zimbabwe under sports tourism as part of the larger national perception management project.

ZTA host celebrities as part of its perception management project, whose effect is to prove that Zimbabwe is a safe tourist destination.

In a statement last night, ZTA said the two football superstars will arrive this afternoon and thereafter hold a press conference at a local hotel.

 “The World Class Legends visit to the destination is a sport tourism initiative to promote Brand Zimbabwe,’’ said ZTA.
‘‘The World Class Legends CEO Rayco Garcia, former Brazilian and Real Madrid left back Roberto Carlos and Julio Baptista arrive at Robert Mugabe International Airport at 17;15hrs aboard Emirates.
“A press conference will follow thereafter at Meikles Hotel at 1800hrs.’’

Born Roberto Carlos da Silva Rocha in 1973, but simply known as Roberto Carlos, he was nicknamed El Hombre Bala, The Bullet Man, due to his powerful bending free kicks, which were measured at 169 km per hour.

He is regarded as one of the most offensive-minded leftbacks ever to grace the game and was a runner-up in the 1997 FIFA World Player of the Year awards. state media