Brazilian football legend Carlos Alberto dies at 72

Carlos Alberto the Brazilian soccer hero, who captained the side to world cup glory in 1970, has died of a heart attack. He died in home town of Rio de Janeiro on Tuesday.

He played in both Brazil and the United States, in a career that spanned nearly 19 years. He played as a right-back. He was inducted into the hall of fame in both countries. He spent most of his career with team-mate Pele at the Brazilian club Santos.

“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 said.

He is famous for one of the most celebrated goal in soccer history in the 1970 final against Germany which Brazil won 4-1. He eventually moved into a managerial career after retirement and went on to manage 16 clubs worldwide. He last coaching gig was with the Azerbaijan national team. His last activity was as a commentator for the Brazilian channel SporTV.

He was also known for his farewell match. It was not the game, nor his retirement, but his speech afterward that has fans watching the match over and over again. He ended the speech with the famous line: “This is not goodbye, it’s I’ll see you later…”

Brazil will mourn the passing of their superstar. Football clubs have led the tribute to his career on social media. A tweet from former club New York Cosmos said: “We’re deeply saddened by the loss of Carlos Alberto, a legendary player, and wonderful person.


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