Brazil legend Socrates dies aged 57

It has been announced that the 60-times-capped player, who captained Brazil in the 1982 World Cup, has passed away at hospital in Sao Paulo, following a fight with illness
Brazil legend Socrates has passed away after suffering complications in his bid to recover from an intestinal problem.

The former Corinthians hero was rushed to hospital in Sao Paulo on Thursday night with a suspected case of food poisoning, but was immediately placed in intensive care after it was discovered that he had suffered a septic shock, in which bacteria from an infection seeps into the bloodstream and spreads throughout the body.

Despite the best efforts of medical staff, the 57-year-old lost his fight for survival and was pronounced dead at in the early hours of Sunday morning (Brazilian time).

Socrates had already been submitted to hospital with gastrointestinal haemorrhages twice previously since August and recently admitted that his problems had been related to alcohol abuse.

A classy midfielder with an eye for a goal, Socrates once played for Botafogo, Fiorentina, Flamengo and Santos during a stellar career which saw him capped 60 times by Brazil.

He was one of the most revered players in the much-lauded 1982 World Cup squad, which he captained.

Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe later tweeted his tribute to the Brazilian midfielder saying: "R.I.P Socrates #legend."

Manchester City's Samir Nasri has also paid his respects to the former Flamengo man, lamenting the loss of a football legend just one week after the untimely death of Gary Speed.

He said: "Sad week for the football lovers Gary Speed and Socrates died. Two legends and amazing people."