Brazil In Mourning As World Cup Hero Mario Zagallo Dies Aged 92

Brazil football legend Mario Zagallo has passed away at the age of 92.

Brazil In Mourning As World Cup Hero Mario Zagallo Dies Aged 92

Zagallo won two FIFA World Cups as a player for the Selecao and led them to glory again as manager in 1970.

He was an assistant coach when Brazil were crowned World champions again in 1994.

Zagallo was the first person to win the World Cup as a player and manager; a feat that has since been matched by Germany's Franz Beckenbauer and France's Didier Deschamps.

A statement from his family read: "It is with great regret that we announce the passing of our eternal world champion Mario Jorge Lobo Zagallo.

“A devoted father, loving grandfather, caring father-in-law, faithful friend, victorious professional and a great human being. Giant idol. A patriot who leaves us a legacy of great achievements. We thank God for the time we were able to spend with you and we ask the Father that we find comfort in the good memories and the great example you leave us."

Brazilian Football Federation president Ednaldo Rodrigues said: “The CBF and Brazilian football mourn the death of one of its greatest legends, Mário Jorge Lobo Zagallo. CBF offers solidarity to his family and fans in this moment of sadness at the departure of this idol of our football.”