Brazilian football superstar Socrates has just passed away at the age of 57, giving the footballing world another reason to feel miserable, the first being the death of Wales’ legend Gary Speed. Socrates had been admitted to the hospital on more than one occasion after a lengthy battle with alcohol began to cause his internal organs to frequently fail.
Socrates was part of the Brazilian national team that competed in the World Cups of 1982 and 1986. In 60 appearances for the national side, he famously found the net a total of 22 times.
The Brazilian is most known for his time with Cornithians, during which he won the Campeonato Paulista on 3 occasions. He also enjoyed some success with Fiorentina during his time in Italy, though he stayed only for one season before moving on to Flamengo.
Socrates is considered by many to be one of Brazil’s, and indeed the World’s, best midfielders to have ever played the game.
Reports from the local hospital in which he was admitted to state that his internal organs failed due to alcohol abuse which ultimately caused his stomach to haemorrhage.
Cornithians, who have a chance to win the title this coming weekend, have said they will dedicate the potential success to Socrates in honour of his service to the club.
The legendary footballer leaves behind six sons and a wife and will truly be missed by all.
Our condolences and sincerest respects go out to the friends and family members that have been left behind by the footballing legend. His impact on the sport will never be forgotten.