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Former Brazilian international footballer Hilderaldo Luiz Bellini died

Mar 22, 2014 10:15 IST

Former Brazilian international footballer Hilderaldo Luiz Bellini died on 21 March 2014 after a heart attack. He was 83. He was suffering from Alzheimer’s disease for many years.

imageHe was the captain of the team when Brazil won the first World Cup in 1958 in Sweden. Also, he became the first captain who set the tradition to hold the trophy above his head in celebration. There is a statue in his honour in the pose outside the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Belini also played the 1962 and 1966 World Cup.

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