Brazilian soccer legend Roberto Dinamite dies at 68
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Brazilian soccer legend Roberto Dinamite dies at 68

At 10:50 a.m. on the 8th local time, Roberto Dinamite, a famous Brazilian football player and iconic figure of Vasco da Gama, died of bowel cancer at the age of 68. His family has also confirmed his death.

Dinamite was diagnosed with bowel cancer at the end of 2021, and his condition has been repeated since then. On January 7, local time, he was sent to the hospital urgently due to the deterioration of his condition, and unfortunately passed away after treatment failed.

club career

Roberto Dinamite was born in Duque de Caxias on April 13, 1954, and his career started in 1971 with the local giants CR Vasco da Gama. He is the all-time top scorer for Vasco da Gama (708 goals), the all-time top scorer for Campeonato Brasileiro Serie A (190 goals), and the all-time top scorer for Campeonato Carioca (279 goals).

Dinamite played briefly for Barcelona and Portuguesa in 1989 and 1991. On January 1, 1990, he returned to CR Vasco da Gama again, and announced to hang up his boots after 3 years.

national team career

Roberto Dinamite played 47 times for the Brazil during his lifetime, scored 26 goals and sent 2 assists. He participated in two World Cups in 1978 and 1982, and was also the top scorer (3 goals) in the 1983 Copa America.


As soon as the news of Roberto Dinamite’s death came out, many people in football expressed their deep condolences. Vasco da Gama said at the first time: “We deeply regret this. Carlos Roberto de Oliveira died at the age of 68, but he has dedicated 29 years to the club as an athlete and chairman.”

“We will always love you, Calu. Rest in peace.”

The Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) also mourned Dinamite’s passing. “Roberto Dinamite is one of the greatest players in the history of our country’s football. He was not only part of the wonderful history of Vasco, but also enchanted fans all over the world. CBF expresses condolences to his family and fans,” Ednaldo Rodrigues, president of the country’s football federation expressed.

“You will always be part of our football history. Thank you for everything, Roberto. Rest in peace.”


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