​Brazillian legend who was amongst the  1970 World Cup-winning side, has died aged 72.


Right-back  Carlos Alberto turned out 53 times by Brazil and won domestic titles with Fluminense and Santos, for whom he made more than 400 appearances.

He died in Rio de Janeiro following a heart attack.

‘We only realised how beautiful it was after the game’ – Carlos Alberto on his 1970 goal

The 1970 Brazil side that won the World Cup also contained greats like Pele, Jairzinho, Tostao and Rivelino,which many still regard  as the finest in history.

Brazillian team with the likes of Pele,Tostao,Jairzinho,Carlos Alberto when they won the 1970

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

After finishing his playing career in North America with New York Cosmos, he managed 13 clubs and Oman and Azerbaijan.

He won the 1983 Brazilian Championship with Flamengo and finished his coaching career with Azerbaijan in 2005.

Carlos Alberto had a huge influence in Brazilian football not only for being one of the best right-backs to ever wear the Brazil shirt, but also for being one of the most uncompromising voices of the game in Brazil.

As a leader, his qualities were unquestionable, wearing the captain’s armband in the legendary Brazil squad that won the Jules Rimet trophy in Mexico 46 years ago, exerting command over the likes of strong-minded players such as Pele, Gerson and Rivelino.

Alberto was a product of Brazil’s famous marauding full-back lineage, but the difference was that he united fitness with the art.

Brazilians learned the hard way in the 1966 World Cup that style was not enough when they were easily outmuscled by European opponents and went out at the group stage.

‘The Captain’, as he was fondly called by the Brazilians, did not have the same success as a manager, but fans of Flamengo, the most-supported team in the country, have fond memories of his role in winning the 1983 national title.

The Brazillian national team had won a crucial away game against Ecuador and a huge sense of relief was in the air after a stumbling start in the tournament. But ‘The Captain’ was having none of it.

“I remember when beating those guys was not a reason to celebrate but an obligation,” he said, just before letting his thunderous laugh rip.

R.I.P to one of footballs finest most young football fans out there never watched him play during his prime but heard stories and watched just clips of his marauding style of play thanks to youtube and FIFA archives.

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