BRAZILIAN FOOTBALL LEGEND CARLOS ALBERTO DIES

Brazilian football legend Carlos Alberto has died at the age of 72. The World Cup winner led the Brazilian football team to glory in 1970, scoring a goal that had defined Brazilian football for long.


The ex-football star died after a heart attack in his hometown of Rio de Janeiro, reports say. The right back played for his national team side and in the United States. He was inducted into the Football Hall of Fame for both countries in recognition of his exploits.

The legend played with football icon Pele at Brazilian club Santos. The club made a statement after the death of the ex-player which reads

“He [Alberto] played 445 matches and scored 40 goals from 1965-1975, and is considered the best right back in the history of Praiano Alvinegro.”

The 1970 World Cup star scored one of the most important goals in World Cup history in the final against Italy. Brazil defeated their rivals 4-1, and Alberto – who was the captain – lifted the trophy. For a talented player that played in the shadow of Pele for most of his career for club and country, it was a special period for him. He was referred to as captain more than thirty years after the victory.

“Everyone in Brazil knows me as O Capitao. It’s just a nickname, but one that no one will ever let me forget. I’m very proud of what we achieved in 1970, but so is everyone else in Brazil. It means more than football, it defined us to the rest of the world. And to be part of that is wonderful,” the legend said in 2013.

Aside impressive football skills and natural leadership aptitude, Alberto enjoyed a decent managerial career, extensive actually as he managed 16 different teams in the local and international level. He eventually moved to Sport commentary before his death. The legend lives on!