Iconic Brazil footballer Carlos Alberto dies at 72, World remembers his super goal in 1970 World Cup against Italy

October 26, 2016, 12:26 pm
Iconic Brazil footballer Carlos Alberto dies at 72, World remembers his super goal in 1970 World Cup against Italy
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Iconic Brazil footballer Carlos Alberto dies at 72, World remembers his super goal in 1970 World Cup against Italy

Iconic Brazil footballer Carlos Alberto dies at 72, World remembers his super goal in 1970 World Cup against Italy

The iconic Brazilian football player Carlos Alberto passed away. Brazil football stalwart and captain of the country's 1970 World Cup winning side died on Monday night suffering a heart attack.
He was 72-year-old.

The legendary footballer will be remembered for his super goal in the World Cup history, finishing off a magnificent team move involving eight different players to score Brazil's fourth in a 4-1 final win over Italy in Mexico City.

He was one of the main players in the 1970 Brazil squad that won the World Cup, which also contained great players like Pele, Jairzinho, Tostao and Rivelino.

Alberto was named in the world team of the 20th Century in 1998 and the Fifa 100 as the greatest living players in 2004.

"Carlos Alberto Torres was an example of guts and leadership," Brazil President Michel Temer said on Twitter.

"I'm saddened by the loss of the captain who led Brazil to their third World Cup win," he added.

"Santos FC regrets the death of the idol Carlos Alberto Torres, who was 72 years old. He played in 445 matches and scored 40 goals between 1965 and 1975 and is considered the best right-back in the history of Praiano Alvinegro. The club has decreed official three days of mourning," Brazil club Santos said in a statement, as quoted by AS daily.

Over the course of a twenty-year career he played for both Fluminense and Flamengo in Rio, the city where he was born, and in the North American Soccer League alongside Pele and Franz Beckenbauer for the New York Cosmos.

Upon retiring, Carlos Alberto moved into management and coached a number of Brazil's big sides, including Corinthians and former clubs Fluminense and Flamengo, as well as the national teams of Oman and Azerbaijan.

Known for his strong character and opinions, 'O Capita' had recently been working as a commentator for Brazilian channel SporTv, making his final appearance this Sunday.