Pele, Kaiser salute brother Alberto
Pele and Franz Beckenbauer led the tributes to their “brother” Carlos Alberto, the captain of Brazil’s 1970 World Cup winning side, who died aged 72 from a heart attack.
London: Pele and Franz Beckenbauer led the tributes to their “brother” Carlos Alberto, the captain of Brazil’s 1970 World Cup winning side, who died aged 72 from a heart attack. The defender scored one of the most memorable goals in the history of the World Cup, sealing the 4-1 win against Italy in the 1970 final in Mexico City.
It was Alberto, who completed a brilliant team move with a powerful angled drive from the right side of the penalty area before lifting the Jules Rimet Trophy. Pelé played alongside Alberto for Brazil, Santos and also later as part of a star studded line-up for the New York Cosmos, which also included Beckenbauer, skipper of the West Germany side which won the 1974 World Cup.
In a post on his official Twitter account, @Pele, the 76-year-old wrote: “I am deeply saddened by the death of my friend and brother @capita70. Dear God, please take care of our ‘Capitao’. Rest In Peace”. A black-and-white picture of the duo embracing during their time at the Cosmos was attached to the post.
Beckenbauer also paid tribute to Alberto in a post on his official Twitter account, @beckenbauer, which included a photo of the pair together from a charity trip to Brazil in 2013. “Heidi and me are deeply shocked. Carlos Alberto was like a brother to me, one of my best friends,” the German wrote.
The Brazilian Football Federation announced there would now be a period of official mourning for three days. “It is with huge regret from the CBF [Confederacao Brasileira de Futebol] that the world of football has been surprised by the death of Carlos Alberto Torres on Tuesday,” a CBF statement read.
Alberto also held coaching roles with Nigeria and Oman before being appointed to take over as national boss of Azerbaijan in 2004. His time there included a 2-0 defeat against Sven-Goran Eriksson’s England at St James’ Park in March 2005.