Brazil’s 1970 World Cup-winning captain Carlos Alberto Torres dies at age 72


Carlos Alberto Torres won 53 caps for Brazil, scoring eight goals — including the iconic fourth goal in the 4-1 win over Italy in the 1970 World Cup final.

The right-back began his career at Fluminense but made his name with Santos, where he played for 10 years. He returned to Fluminense for a second spell before going on to play for Flamengo, the New York Cosmos and the California Surf. After he retiring from playing he had a long coaching career stretching 22 years.


A statement published on Santos’ official website read: “Santos FC lament the death of our idol Carlos Alberto Torres, who was 72 years old. He had played in 445 matches and scored 40 goals over the period from 1965 to 1975.

“He was considered one of the best right backs in the history of the club. The club are declaring an official mourning period of three days.

“Carlos Alberto Torres won the following titles: Brazil Championship in 1965 and 1968, Sao Paulo championship in 1966, Paulista championship over 1965/1967/1968/1969 and 1973. He was captain of the World Cup winning team in 1970.”

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