Brazil 1970 skipper Carlos Alberto dies at 72

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Former Brazilian soccer captain Carlos Alberto Torres holds the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil trophy during its unveiling ceremony at a Soccerex event at Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, November 21, 2010. Brazil will host the World Cup soccer tournament in 2014. REUTERS/Bruno Domingos (BRAZIL - Tags: SPORT SOCCER)

RIO DE JANEIRO: Carlos Alberto Torres, captain of the great Brazil team that won the 1970 World Cup, died on Tuesday of a heart attack in Rio de Janeiro at the age of 72, Brazil’s Sportv, for whom he worked, announced.

Carlos Alberto starred alongside Pele, Tostao, Jairzinho and Rivelino in the Brazil team that beat Italy 4-1 in the final in Mexico and is considered as one of the greatest sides 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 hung up his boots in 1982 and started his coaching career with Flamengo, winning a Brazilian title before working in the United States, Colombia, Mexico, Oman and Azerbaijan.

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