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Brazil legend Socrates dies


Brazil legend Socrates dies


Former Brazil captain Socrates died on Sunday at the age of 57.

Widely regarded as the best ever midfielder to grace the game of football, he had been in a critical condition with an intestinal infection since being admitted to intensive care on Friday at a hospital in Sao Paulo.

Two days later doctors announced his death as a result of septic shock.

He had initially been admitted suffering with food poisoning.

Socrates, who had a degree in medicine himself and was known as ‘Dr Socrates’, had been a heavy smoker and drinker even in his playing days.

The former attacking midfielder had a glittering career and even at the age of 50 still had an appetite for the game – accepting an offer to spend one-month with English non-league team Garforth Town – although he made only one appearance as a late sub.

He spent the majority of his career at Sao Paolo-based club Corinthians – He played in two World Cups, won 60 caps for his country between 1979 and 1986 and scored 22 goals for the Selecao.

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