Legendary Brazilian football player Carlos Alberto Torres dies at 72

Carlos Alberto Torres captained Brazil's World Cup-winning team in 1970

Brazilian football legend Carlos Alberto Torres died at the age of 72 after suffering a heart attack in Rio de Janeiro on Tuesday, Reuters has reported.

“It is in deep sorrow that we inform that this Tuesday morning our eternal captain Carlos Alberto Torres passed away in Rio de Janeiro,” Brazilian Football Federation announced in a statement.

Carlos Alberto Torres captained Brazil’s World Cup-winning team in 1970. 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.

Alberto won over 50 caps in a 13-year international career for Brazil and helped domestic teams Flamengo and Santos to win national titles.

FIFA had named Alberto as one of six ambassadors for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, alongside fellow icons Ronaldo, Bebeto, Mario Zagallo, Amarildo and Marta.

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.