Argentina's 1974 World Cup captain and Cruzeiro idol Roberto Perfumo dies after falling from staircase
One of the best defenders in the history of Argentina, Roberto Perfumo died on the evening of Thursday, aged 73.
Perfumo came through Racing in Argentina, but had spells at River Plate and Brazilian club Cruzeiro. He suffered a severe head injury when he fell from the staircase at the Carletto restaurant in Puerto Madero, after dinner on Wednesday. The suspicion is that he suffered a stroke before the fall.
Before River Plate's Copa Libertadores group stage game against São Paulo on Thursday at the Estádio Monumental de Núñez, players entered the field wearing a band, mourning the death of Perfumo and a minute of silence was observed in honor of the club idol. After eight years at Racing, Perfumo went to Cruzeiro in 1971. At Toca da Raposa, he won three Campeonato Mineiro titles in a row, between 1972 and 1974, and also the Taça Minas Gerais in 1973. In four seasons, Perfumo played 138 matches, scored six goals and became the foreigner with most games in the club's history.