‘Golden Heel’ Socrates dies at 57

5 Dec

Brazil’s 1982 World Cup captain Socrates, the ‘Golden Heel’ renowned as one of the great playmakers of his generation, died in a hospital on Sunday of septic shock at the age of 57.

Socrates Brasileiro de Souza Viera de Oliveira, a lifelong smoker and drinker, had been on a life support system in a Sao Paulo hospital since Thursday when he was admitted suffering from food poisoning.

The captain of one of the greatest international sides to never win the World Cup, Socrates was a medical doctor, an intellectual, a cultural icon and a political activist who used his celebrity to fight for the end of Brazil’s 1964-1984 military government.

Socrates was a buddy, a great friend, one of those figures football’s going to miss for everything he represented, his former Brazil team mate Junior told Reuters by phone from his Rio de Janeiro home.

Reuters.

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