RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) - The Brazilian football federation says two-time World Cup winner Nilton Santos died from a lung infection in a Rio hospital on Wednesday. He was 88.
Regarded as one of the most talented left backs in the history of football, Santos won the 1958 and 1962 World Cup with Brazil.
Santos was seen as a pioneer in his position, as one of the first defenders to take part in the offensive game. He scored a goal during the 1958 World Cup in a 3-0 win over Austria.
Born in Rio in 1925, Santos spent his whole career with Botafogo.
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