Brazilian footballer Socrates has died in a Sao Paulo hospital after having been admitted last week with suspected food poisoning. He played for Brazil 60 times in his international career between 1979 and 1986 and scored 22 goals for the national team. Socrates was a prodigiously talented midfielder, rated one of the top 125 players of all time, and the captain of Brazil during the 1982 World Cup campaign.
His failing health had been causing concern for some time and this had been attributed to his heavy smoking and drinking habits.
Football fans the world over held Socrates in great esteem for his skill. Ex team members and internationals are united in their praise for one of the geatest players the world has ever seen.