The World Cup-winning Brazil captain Carlos Alberto has died aged 72, his former club Santos have announced.

The full-back made 53 appearances for Brazil and scored what is considered one of the greatest goals in World Cup history, a fierce low strike to cap off a wonderful move in the 4-1 victory over Italy in the 1970 final.

Carlos Alberto died after suffering a heart attack in Rio de Janeiro, according to local TV.

He played for Fluminense, Santos, Flamengo and the New York Cosmos in a career stretching from 1962 to 1982 before going into management.

A Santos statement read: “He played 445 matches and scored 40 goals from 1965-1975, and is considered the best right-back in the history of Praiano Alvinegro.” The club also announced a mourning period of three days.

Carlos Alberto for Brazil v Italy, 1970 World Cup.

The Cosmos tweeted: “We’re deeply saddened by the loss of Carlos Alberto, a legendary player and wonderful person. He’ll always remain part of the Cosmos family.”

Peter Siemsen, the Fluminense president, said: “Very sad about the loss of our great captain Carlos Alberto Torres – one of the best in the history of world football. Formed in the Fluminense youth teams, the captain had tricolor blood. He took part in one of the great moments in the history of the club.”

Flamengo said in a statement: “Flamengo deeply regrets this irreparable loss and want the deepest feelings to fans, friends and family.”

Santos added: “Thanks for everything.”

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