​Former Brazilian defender Carlos Alberto has ​passed away ​aged 72 as the result of a heart attack.


The legendary Brazilian made 53 appearances for his country between 1964 and 1977, captaining the Brazil squad during the 1970 FIFA World Cup and scoring the fourth goal in the final vs Italy, a goal which is considered to be one of the greatest goals in World Cup History.

Widely regarded as one of the best defenders to ever suit up for the South American country, Alberto played for Fluminese and Santos at club level, also moving on to the US to represent the likes of the New York Cosmos and California Surf. The majority of his career, however, was spent at Santos, where he made 445 appearances.


Despite being a defender, the Brazilian had dribbling skill, ball control and flair in his arsenal, and was well capable of bagging a few goals, as you could see in the video above.

He was inducted into the Brazil Football Museum Hall of Fame, as well as the National Soccer Hall of Fame in the US. 


After retiring from playing in 1982, Alberto took up management, and would work at the helm of Fluminese, Corinthians, Botafogo and Monterrey. He also managed the Azerbaijan men's football team in the early 2000's.


Alberto died of a sudden heart attack on October 25, 2012, just two days after he appeared on Brazil sports channel SporTV, where he worked as a commentator.

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