Tuesday evening brought with it the sad news that Carlos Alberto, captain of Brazil’s all-conquering 1970 World Cup team, passed away at the age of 72.
As well as scoring one of the most iconic goals of all time in the final of said tournament, Alberto was and forever will be cherished as true legend of the game – the archetype of the modern flying full-back.
As well as earning over 50 caps for la Selecao, he also enjoyed a successful career at club level, winning Brazilian championships with both Fluminense and Santos before moving on to the United States where he became one of the proto-Galacticos in that star-spangled New York Cosmos side of the late 1970s.
Carlos Alberto (arms folded, top left) lines up with the rest of the 1966 Brazil side for a friendly ahead of the World Cup finals in England
Different line-up, same familiar pose. Carlos Alberto (arms folded, top left) stands alongside the Brazil team of 1969 ahead of a World Cup qualifier against Paraguay
A portrait of Brazil captain Carlos Alberto (arms folded, centre), the leader of the 1970 Brazil World Cup team
Carlos Alberto (middle row, second from left, next to Rivelino) and the rest of Brazil’s 1970 World Cup entourage
Carlos Alberto, resplendent in faded yellow and green, 1970
Carlos Alberto goes toe to toe with England captain Bobby Moore at the 1970 World Cup in Guadalajara, Mexico
Carlos Alberto and Brito look on as England’s Francis Lee checks on Brazilian goalkeeper Felix after hoofing him in the head, 1970
Carlos Alberto fulfils his captain’s duties before Brazil’s semi-final against Uruguay at the 1970 World Cup
Carlos Alberto leaps behind the goal to celebrate his famous goal against Italy in the final of the 1970 World Cup
Carlos Alberto in ecstasy while holding the Jules Rimet Trophy aloft after Brazil’s 4-1 hobbling of the Azzurri at the Azteca Stadium
Carlos Alberto gives his new friend Jules a little kiss after emerging victorious at the 1970 World Cup
Carlos Alberto in full flight for the New York Cosmos, 1978
Carlos Alberto lifts the silverware with a little help from Cosmos legend Georgio Chinaglia after winning the 1982 NASL Soccer Bowl in San Diego
RIP Carlos Alberto Torres, 1944-2016