Good­bye, Cap­i­tao

> Brazil’s ‘eter­nal cap­tain’ Car­los Al­berto dies at 72

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

CAR­LOS AL­BERTO, the revered cap­tain of Brazil’s 1970 World Cup-win­ning side, con­sid­ered one of the great­est of all time, died yes­ter­day aged 72.

The right­back starred along­side Pele, Tostao, Jairz­inho and Rivelino in the leg­endary Brazil team that beat Italy 4-1 in the 1970 fi­nal.

He scored one of the best World Cup goals in the Mex­ico City fi­nal, run­ning onto a Pele pass and smash­ing in a thun­der­ous right-footed shot.

“I am deeply sad­dened by the death of my friend and brother @ capita70. Dear God, please take care of our ‘Cap­i­tao’ (cap­tain). Rest In Peace,” said Pele in an emo­tion­ally-charged Twit­ter post along­side a black and white pic­ture of Car­los Al­berto com­fort­ing him as he cries. Car­los Al­berto died of a heart at­tack in Rio de Janeiro, ac­cord­ing to Sportv, for whom he worked as a pun­dit. Trib­utes im­me­di­ately poured in from around the world. “An ex­am­ple of lead­er­ship both on and off the field, a great friend who al­ways treated me with great af­fec­tion,” said former Barcelona, AC Milan and Paris Saint-Ger­main star Ronald­inho, a World Cup win­ner in 2002. “Rest in peace eter­nal cap­tain.” Born in Rio in 1944 “Cap­i­tao”, as he was known in Brazil, 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. “San­tos mourns the death of idol Car­los Al­berto Tor­res,” the Brazil­ian club said in a state­ment that de­creed three days of mourn­ing. The Cos­mos tweeted: “We’re deeply sad­dened by the loss of Car­los Al­berto, a leg­endary player and won­der­ful per­son.” “Good­bye, eter­nal cap­tain,” said the Brazil­ian Foot­ball Fed­er­a­tion (CBF) in a state­ment, which an­nounced the death with “great sad­ness”. The CBF also joined the mourn­ing and low­ered flags at its head­quar­ters in the Barra da Ti­juca neigh­bour­hood of Rio. Car­los Al­berto won more than 50 caps for his coun­try – miss­ing the ill­fated 1974 World Cup tro­phy de­fence due to in­jury – and was later named by FIFA in a list of the 100 great­est liv­ing play­ers in 2004. Car­los Al­berto hung up his boots in 1982 and started his coach­ing ca­reer with Rio gi­ants Fla­mengo, win­ning a Brazil­ian ti­tle be­fore work­ing in the United States, Colom­bia, Mex­ico, Oman and Azer­bai­jan. Af­ter giv­ing up coach­ing, Car­los Al­berto be­came a tele­vi­sion pun­dit for Sportv. He was fre­quently asked about the World Cup fi­nal goal – the cul­mi­na­tion of a sub­lime nine-pass move – which earned him a spe­cial FIFA tro­phy in 2006. “I re­mem­ber ev­ery­thing about that goal. We knew be­fore the game it could hap­pen be­cause we knew how the Ital­ian team played. They played man-to-man on the cen­tral line. They fol­lowed our for­wards,” he said in 2006. “We only re­alised how beau­ti­ful the goal was af­ter the game. “The emo­tion, of course, when I scored that goal was in­cred­i­ble, but af­ter the game, and still to­day, I re­alise how beau­ti­ful and how im­por­tant that goal was be­cause ev­ery­body is still talk­ing about it.” – AFP

Rigoni fired low into the area 10 min­utes from the end, Kucka stuck his leg out to de­flect the ball past Don­narumma as Pav­o­letti lin­gered. Six min­utes later Pav­o­letti got his name on the score­sheet with a fine curl­ing strike from the edge of the area af­ter turn­ing Ro­mag­noli in­side out.

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