Brazil le­gend Car­los Al­berto dies at 72

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BRAZIL le­gend Car­los Al­berto, the cap­tain of the 1970 World Cup-win­ning side, has died aged 72.

He scored one of the great­est goals in World Cup his­tory in the 1970 fi­nal against Italy, round­ing off a sub­lime team move with a pow­er­ful low fin­ish.

Right-back Al­berto was capped 53 times by Brazil and won do­mes­tic ti­tles with Flu­mi­nense and San­tos, for whom he made more than 400 ap­pear­ances.

He died in Rio de Janeiro fol­low­ing a heart at­tack.

Al­berto was named in the world team of the 20th Cen­tury in 1998 and the Fifa 100 for the great­est liv­ing play­ers in 2004.

He told the BBC that lead­ing a team con­tain­ing leg­ends Pele, Jairz­inho, Tostao and Rivelino to the World Cup was “the best mo­ment of my ca­reer”.

After fin­ish­ing his play­ing ca­reer in North Amer­ica with New York Cos­mos, Al­berto man­aged 15 clubs as well as the na­tional side.

He won the 1983 Brazil­ian Cham­pi­onship with Fla­mengo and fin­ished his coach­ing ca­reer with Azer­bai­jan in 2005.— BBC.

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