Brazil, Santos and NY Cosmos Legend Carlos Alberto Talks Lionel Messi and Neymar

Sophie Nicolaou@@soccerdivaContributor IIMay 11, 2013

Celebrating the greatest World Cup goal ever scored.
Celebrating the greatest World Cup goal ever scored.

There are some moments in life when you feel exceptionally lucky. You want to freeze time in a bottle. You never want the moment to end. Talking to Brazil, Santos and New York Cosmos legend Carlos Alberto Torres was exactly that moment for me.

The 1970 World Cup Final goal he scored versus Italy is undoubtedly the greatest we’ve ever seen. It was a stunning team effort that showcased why we’ve all loved watching Brazil in the World Cup. The goal also solidified Carlos Alberto’s name in football’s history books and is a moment he admits changed his life forever.

A true gentleman of the game, Carlos is proud to have returned to his beloved New York Cosmos as an Ambassador. Together with other legends of the game like his best friend Pele, Franz Beckenbauer and Giorgio Chinaglia, they set the Big Apple on fire, put the sport on the map in the United States and galvanized a nation to fall in love with football.

Talking to him about that historical final, the 1982 Brazil World Cup team, Pele, Diego Maradona, Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar joining Barcelona felt like all the Christmas mornings I’ve ever had rolled up into one. He unwrapped his thoughts and provided honest opinions like a gift that kept on giving.

I hope you enjoy listening to one of football’s legends as much as I enjoyed talking to him.

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