The football loving world is mourning over the death of one of the magician on the field, none other than Socrates, one of football's most iconic stars. The Brazilian soccer star died at 52 of a gut infection. He had been in hospital twice recently after suffering bleeds in his digestive tract. He has wife and six children.
Born in Belem do Para, Socrates started his career at Botafogo. He played in two World Cups for Brazil, winning 60 caps and scoring 22 goals. He played for Brazil between 1979 and 1986, captaining the team in 1982, when they were knocked out by Italy. He was part of a squad that was widely considered the greatest team never to win the World Cup. He later joined Brazil's fight to overturn a military regime in the 80s. His heroes included Cuban revolution icons Fidel Castro and Che Guevara and John Lennon.
Socrates, who rose to prominence with Corinthians, also played for Fiorentina in Italy before returning to Brazil to finish his career. After he retired, he became a full-time doctor and later a popular TV commentator and columnist, famed for his controversial views. Socrates was appointed coach of Garforth Town for a brief period.