Brazil legend Carlos Alberto passes away

Brazilian football legend Carlos Alberto has passed away aged 72 in Rio de Janeiro following a heart-attack.

Regarded as one of the best defenders in the history of the game, Alberto captained his country to the World Cup title in 1970 – a team that included great players such as Pele, Jairzinho, Tostao and Rivelino.

The right-back was capped 53 times for Brazil and is still referred to as the “the captain” in his home nation.

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

At club level, Alberto won domestic titles with Fluminense and Santos while he also played in America for New York Cosmos and California Surf.

After retiring from playing in 1982, Alberto went on to coach 13 clubs as well as the national sides of Oman and Azerbaijan.

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