Brazilian soccer legend, Carlos Alberto Torres, dies at 72

Brazilian soccer legend, Carlos Alberto Torres, dies at 72
October 25 19:31 2016

The skipper of the great Brazilian team that won the World Cup in 1970, Carlos Alberto Torres, died on Tuesday of a heart attack in Rio de Janeiro.

Aged 72, his death was announced by Sportv, for whom he worked until his death.

Carlos Alberto starred alongside Pele, Tostao, Jairzinho, Rivelino, Zico, Socrates and others in the Brazil team that beat Italy 4-1 in the final in Mexico and is considered the greatest side of all time.

A right-back, he scored the last goal in the final, running onto a Pele pass and smashing in a thunderous shot with his right foot. Born in Rio in 1944, “Capita” as he is known in Brazil, also played alongside Pele at Santos from 1966 to 1974 and at the New York Cosmos from 1977 to 1980 after beginning his career with Fluminense.

He retired in 1982 and started his coaching career with Flamengo, winning a Brazilian title before working in the United States, Colombia, Mexico, Oman and Azerbaijan.