Former World Cup winner Zagallo dies

Former World Cup winner Zagallo dies

Brazilian soccer legend Mario Zagallo has died at the age of 92.

Zagallo played in five World Cup finals as a player for Brazil, winning the tournament four times.

He was also the first person to become a world champion both as a player and as a coach.

His death was confirmed by Brazilian Football Confederation President Edonardo Rodríguez.

In a statement Saturday, Rodriguez described Zagallo as “one of the sport's biggest legends.”

“We express our solidarity with his family and fans at this time of sadness at the passing of one of our football's greatest heroes,” Rodriguez said.

Zagallo stopped playing professionally in 1965 and began his coaching career with Rio de Janeiro club Botafogo the following year.


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