Brazilian legend Jaja no more |
AFP, Rio de Janeiro
Brazilian football legend Jair Rosa Pinto who was known as "Master Jaja" has died at the age of 84 at his home here after suffering from a lung related disease, local press reported on Thursday.
Jaja, who gave advice to players like Pele and Didi, was known for his small feet (size 4/37) but it failed to hinder his talent as he was the player who invented the dead ball free-kick and step-over.
During his final years with Santos, Jaja spent time coaching a certain youngster by the name of Pele who at 19 was already a world champion with Brazil.
Jair Rosa Pinto never experienced World Cup fame like Pele, he played 41 matches and scored 21 goals for the national team.
Jaja was a member of the Brazilian World Cup team that played in the "final of all finals" at the Maracana stadium in 1950 in which they lost 2-1 against Uruguay.
He couldn't understand how they had lost after leading 1-0 and he often asked God for an explanation.
Born in 1921 in Barra Mansa, near Rio, Jaja started his career in Madureira before playing for a number of big Brazilian clubs, Flamengo, Vasco de Gama, Santos, Ponte Preta and Palmeiras with which he experienced his greatest moments on the pitch.