The former Brazil captain Carlos Alberto has died, aged 72.
Alberto was the skipper of Brazil’s 1970 World Cup winning side and netted the iconic fourth goal in the final against Italy.
Lauded as one of the best defenders of all time, Alberto won 53 caps for his national team, scoring eight goals in the process as he established himself as a key player in what is considered one of the greatest international sides to ever play the game.
An outstanding reader of the game, Alberto also possessed the outstanding ball control and dribbling ability that was a trademark of the great Brazilian side which he captained.
He spent the majority of his club career at Santos, where he played alongside Pele, before moving back to his first club Fluminese in 1974.
He moved across Rio to join Flamengo in 1977 but didn’t last a year before joining the American soccer revolution in the NASL with the first of two spells with the star-studded New York Cosmos, sandwiching a brief stint with the California Surf.
When he hung up his boots in 1982 he was considered one of the greatest Brazilians to ever play the game.
Alberto then moved into management, where he took charge of a number of teams, including stints at Flamengo and Fluminese.
The His last post was as manager of Azerbaijan in 2005 – his second post in international football after a year with Oman in 2000.
FIFA named Alberto as one of six ambassadors for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, alongside fellow icons Ronaldo, Bebeto, Mario Zagallo, Amarildo and Marta.
Most recently Alberto worked with Brazilian network Sportv as a commentator with his last appearance just two days ago.
Included in Pele’s FIFA 100 for the world’s greatest living players in 2004, Alberto leaves one of the most decorated careers, both on and off the pitch, the game has ever seen.
Courtesy of www.mirror.co.uk