Pele leads the tributes to Brazil legend Carlos Alberto Torres

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Former Brazil captain Carlos Alberto Torres tragically passed away on Tuesday, aged 72.

Widely regarded as one of football's greatest ever full-backs, he reportedly died after a sudden heart attack in his home city of Rio de Janeiro.

The Brazilian will always be remembered for guiding his national side to World Cup glory in 1970.


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In the aftermath of Carlos Alberto's passing, tributes have flooded in from former clubs and former teammates, namely fellow Brazil great Pele.

The Brazilian Football Confederation led the commemorations on their website: "Carlos Alberto Torres leaves an enormous legacy of triumphs and an intense collaboration in the development of our football.

"Thank you, Captain. Your history will forever be with us."

Former club Santos FC released the following statement: "Santos FC are saddened by the death of idol Carlos Alberto Torres. He played 445 matches and scored 40 goals between 1965 and 1975 and is considered the greatest full-back in the club's history."

World Cup teammate Pele said in his own emotional statement: "I am saddened by the death of my friend and brother Carlos Alberto, our beloved Captain.

"I remember the times that we were together at Santos, Brazil and the Cosmos, where we formed a winning partnership."

Gerson, another member of Brazil's 1970 World Cup squad, also paid his respects: "He wasn't a captain like any other, heads or tails, he was The Captain. He wasn't Carlos Alberto. He was the man. We all lose something with the death of Carlos Alberto."

And finally, Franz Beckenbauer tweeted: "Carlos Alberto was like a brother to me, one of my best friends!"

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