Socrates, one of the most famous Brazilian footballers of the late 20th century, has died at the age of 57. He suffered complications as he recovered from an intestinal problem.
A couple of days ago, Socrates was rushed to hospital in Brazil with a suspected case of food poisoning. He was found to be suffering from septic shock, which occurs when bacteria from an infection enters the bloodstream. He was placed in intensive care on Thursday but died in the early hours of Sunday morning.
Socrates’ professional footballing career lasted from 1974 to 1989, and he was capped 60 times for the Brazilian team. In 2004 he enjoyed a one-month player-coaching deal with lower league English team Garforth Town, making a single brief appearance on the field for the team in a match against Tadcaster Albion.