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Djalma Santos dies at the age of 84

Former Palmeiras and Brazilian national team player Djalma Santos has died in Uberaba at the age of 84. He is considered by many as the best right-back of all time.

Djalma Santos was admitted to hospital on January 1 with pneumonia, his condition got worse yesterday after temporarily improving a few days earlier.

He started his career in 1948 at Portuguesa, where he played for 11 years before joining Palmeiras in 1959, playing 501 games for the Verdão, and retired in 1970 at Atlético Paranaense.

The right-back played four World Cups, winning the title in 1958 and 1962 and getting name in the best team of the competition three times.

Djalma Santos was never sent off in his career, and was awarded the Belfort Duarte award for this reason.

 
 

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