Wednesday 26 October 2016

Carlos Alberto dies aged 72

Carlos Alberto

Former Brazilian football legend Carlos Alberto has died at the age of 72.

Alberto captained Brazil to World Cup glory in 1970.

He famously netted the inconic fourth goal in his country's 4-1 win over Italy in the final when he blasted home Pele's cool layoff.

He's passed away after reportedly having a heart attack.

Alberto won 53 caps for his national team.

The defender also scored eight goals and established himself as one of Brazil's all-time greats.

His former club Santos wrote in a statement: "Santos FC regrets the death of the idol Carlos Alberto Torres, who was 72 years old.

"He played 445 matches and scored 40 goals in the 1965 period to 1975, and is considered the best right-back in the history of Praiano Alvinegro. The club had decreed official mourning three days."

Full-back Alberto helped both Santos and Fluminense secure domestic titles as well as enjoying a spell with New York Cosmos in the North American Soccer League later in his career alongside Pele.

Alberto subsequently embarked on a busy managerial career which included a host of clubs in South and Central America and the States.

His last position was as the national team coach of Azerbaijan.



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