Brazil's Carlos Alberto is dead

October 26, 2016
AP FILE - In this June 7, 1970 file photo, Brazil captain Carlos Alberto (left) and England captain Bobby Moore, pose for a photo prior to their World Cup match in the Jalisco Stadium, in Guadalajara, Mexico
AP FILE - In this November 21, 2010 file photo, Brazil's former football captain Carlos Alberto Torres kisses the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil trophy during its display in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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RIO DE JANEIRO (AP):

Carlos Alberto Torres, the captain of Brazil's World Cup-winning team in 1970 and scorer of one of the sport's most memorable goals, died yesterday.

He was 72 and died of after a heart attack at his home in Rio de Janeiro.

A statement on Carlos Alberto's Facebook page confirmed the death.

"It is in deep sorrow that we inform that this Tuesday morning our eternal captain Carlos Alberto Torres passed away in Rio de Janeiro," the statement said.

Brazil's football confederation, CBF, said that his coffin will be placed at its headquarters in Rio on Tuesday evening, enabling the public to visit and pay their respects, and that a funeral service may be held there. He will be buried today.

 

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In a statement, the CBF said "Carlos Alberto Torres leaves an enormous legacy of achievements and lots of hard work to support our football."

Last month, his twin brother, Carlos Roberto, died.

One of the best defenders of his generation, Carlos Alberto was innovative in playing box-to-box soccer. That style of play allowed him to score his famous goal at the 1970 World Cup, blasting in a pass from PelÈ in the 4-1 win against Italy in the final.

That goal, scored after a touch by almost every Brazilian on the pitch, is seen as the pinnacle of a team that was so dominant that it made their yellow shirts into a global brand.

At the end of that 1970 final, the 25-year-old Carlos Alberto became the last captain to lift the Jules Rimet trophy - the first three-time World Cup winners earned the right to keep it. The trophy that he famously kissed before lifting as a champion was later destroyed by thieves.

After those glorious days in Mexico, Brazil won two more World Cups in much less impressive fashion. This made Carlos Alberto one of the biggest advocates among his countrymen of a return to an attacking style of football.

For many Brazilians, he was just 'The Captain' - even to his friends and family. He made 53 appearances for Brazil.

Carlos Alberto was working as a soccer commentator for sports channel SporTV and was on the air on Sunday covering a match.

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