Alberto Carlos of Brazil Dies at 72


The World Cup-winning Brazil captain Carlos Alberto has died aged 72, his former club Santos have announced.

The full-back made 53 appearances for Brazil and scored what is considered one of the greatest goals in World Cup history, a fierce low strike to cap off a wonderful move in the 4-1 victory over Italy in the 1970 final.

Carlos Alberto died after suffering a heart attack in Rio de Janeiro, according to local TV.

He played for Fluminense, Santos, Flamengo and the New York Cosmos in a career stretching from 1962 to 1982 before going into management.

A Santos statement read: “He played 445 matches and scored 40 goals from 1965-1975, and is considered the best right-back in the history of Praiano Alvinegro.” The club also announced a mourning period of three days.

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