Corinthians dedicate Brasileirao triumph to Socrates as tributes pour in from the world of football

Fifty-thousand Timao fans stood in silence with their fists held high to pay their respects to the deceased star, while Paolo Rossi and Dino Zoff led the tributes from Italy
New Brasileirao champions Corinthians have dedicated their triumph to former star Socrates, while tributes have poured in from team-mates, opponents and acquaintances of the iconic midfielder who became a star in the 1982 World Cup.

The 57-year-old passed away on Sunday morning due to complications arising from an intestinal infection, hours before Corinthians faced Palmeiras for the chance to win their first national championship since 2005. Tite's team drew 0-0 with their local rivals to finish in first, two points ahead of runners-up Vasco.

The former international was given an emotional send-off in the last round of games, nowhere more than in the Pacaembu by Corinthians fans. Every stadium in the country stood for a minute's silence, and the Timao faithful paid homage to Socrates by imitating his trademark goal celebration, a raised fist.

Figures from across Brazilian and world football also came out to pay their respects; led by former adversary Paolo Rossi, a member of the Italy team that ended the World Cup hopes of Brazil's iconic 1982 side.

"I am sorry for the loss of Socrates and it is very sad for us as well. A piece of history has just gone," the ex-striker affirmed on Monday, while captain that day Dino Zoff also commented.

"I am sorry to hear it, he was still young as well. He was a brilliant player, despite the problems he had adapting to Italy," Zoff explained.

Former Brazil striker Ronaldo was another to salute his compatriot, paying his respects via Twitter.

"The day has started in the saddest way. Rest in peace, Doctor Socrates," 'O Fenomeno' posted on Sunday.