Socrates dies at 57

by Philip MacDonald | Last updated

Brazil legend Socrates has died after suffering an intestinal infection that developed into septic shock. He was 57.

He was taken into intensive care on Thursday after eating infected stroganoff. His wife and a friend also fell ill, but Socrates had been in a state of poor health and was unable to recover.

It was the third time in four months he had been taken into intensive care after abuse of alcohol caused his stomach to haemorrhage in August. He was pronounced dead at around 4.30am local time on Sunday at the Albert Einstein Israeli Hospital in Sao Paulo.

He was well known as a drinker and a smoker during his playing but often played it down.

A captain of his national side, he is considered one of the greatest playmakers the game has seen, and represented his country at the World Cups of 1982 and 1986. He made 60 appearances for Brazil between 1979 and 1986. He was also part of some of the best Brazilian teams to not win the World Cup.

He was a qualified doctor. In fact, he took his exams while playing. Socrates was named in World Soccer‘s top 100 players of all-time and was put up as one of compatriot Pele’s 125 greatest-ever players.

There is no doubt he would dominate the game today the way he did in the 80s. With that being said, watch some of magic.

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