Vasco da Gama club legend Roberto Dinamite passed away at the age of 68.

    Roberto Dinamite was a legend of the big Brazilian club. ZumaWire / MVPHOTOS

    Brazilian soccer player Roberto Dynamite, real name Carlos Roberto de Oliveira, has died. The former player’s death is confirmed by his club Vasco da Gama.

    Roberto Dinamite died of colon cancer at the age of 68.

    – To our great sadness, we have to announce that a great player left us on Sunday. Carlos Roberto de Oliveira, aka Roberto Dinamite, dedicated 29 of his 68 years to the club, first as a player and then as its president. Rest in peace, the club informs.

    Roberto Dinamite is one of the greatest players in the history of the legendary brass club. He scored 698 goals for the team, which is a club record. He got his nickname as a young player already in his debut, when in a newspaper article his performances were described as follows: “the dynamite boy blew up the Maracanã.”

    Roberto Dinamite played for Brazil in two World Cups, 1978 and 1982. In the first mentioned games, he scored three goals. In total, Dinamite played 38 matches in the national team, in which he scored 20 goals.