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LONDON, Jan 25 (Reuters) - Brazilian soccer ace Leonidas Da Silva, the man credited with inventing the bicycle kick in the early 1930s, has died at the age of 90 from Alzheimer's disease.
Known as the "Black Diamond", Da Silva was the 1938 World Cup's top scorer with eight goals. Brazil finished third in the tournament.
He also played in the 1934 World Cup. Da Silva, who finally retired in 1950, played for a number of Brazilian clubs, including Flamengo, Vasco, Sao Paulo and Botafogo.
He scored 25 goals in 26 appearances for his country.
The Brazilian soccer federation said its players at an Olympic qualifying match against Paraguay later on Sunday would be wearing black arm-bands. The funeral will be on Monday.
Factbox on Leonidas Da Silva
LONDON, Jan 25 (Reuters) - Factbox on Brazilian footballer Leonidas Da Silva, who has died at the age of 90:
* Born in 1913 in Rio De Janeiro.
* Known as the "Black Diamond", he is credited with inventing the bicycle kick in the early 1930s.
* Scores Brazil's only goal but his side suffer a first round exit in the 1934 World Cup.
* 1938 World Cup topscorer with eight goals from four games as Brazil finish third.
* Scores 25 goals in 26 appearances for Brazil.
* Championship winner in Brazil in 1934 with Vasco da Gama, in 1935 with Botafogo and 1939 with Flamengo.
* Scored 142 goals in five seasons with Flamengo.
* Also played for Brazilian clubs Bonsucesso and Sao Paulo and Uruguayan side Penarol.
* Ends playing career in 1950.