Carlos Alberto
Alberto lifted the World Cup with Brazil in 1970 Getty


  • The 1970 World Cup-winning captain passes away in Rio de Janeiro.
  • The former right-back scored one of football's most iconic goals in 1970 final against Italy.

Brazilian football icon Carlos Alberto has died aged 72. According to Globo Esporte, the legendary right-back has suffered a fatal heart attack in Rio de Janeiro.

His passing has also been confirmed by the Brazilian Football Federation (Confederação Brasileira de Futebol).

Alberto captained his country to their 1970 World Cup success in Mexico aged just 25, scoring one of international football's most memorable goals in the final against Italy.

His strike is widely regarded as the greatest ever goal scored in a World Cup, for one of the game's greatest ever teams alongside the likes of Pele, Jairzinho, Tostao and Rivelino.

The right-back was capped 53 times for his country, scoring eight goals during his 13-year international career. He also celebrated domestic titles with Fluminense and Santos in his homeland, before playing for the New York Cosmos in the North American Soccer League, alongside Pele and Franz Beckenbauer in their star-studded team of the 1970s.

After his retirement in 1982, he immediately moved into coaching, taking his first role at Flamengo. Over the next 25 years, his managerial career would take him across the planet, managing teams in central and South America before moving further afield to take up roles managing the Oman and Azerbaijan national teams.

More recently, he worked as a television commentator for Brazilian network SporTV.

Tributes from the footballing world have swiftly poured in following Alberto's passing.