Italian football star Giorgio Chinaglia dies aged 65

Updated: Apr 02, 2012, 10:58 AM IST

London: Former Italy international Giorgio Chinaglia has died of complications from a heart attack at the age of 65.

Chinaglia began his career with Swansea and later played for Lazio and New York Cosmos.

In 1972 he won a place in the Italy team, going on to play 14 times for his country and taking part in the 1974 World Cup.

In 1976 Chinaglia moved to the US, joining Pele and Franz Beckenbauer at the star-studded New York Cosmos in the North American Soccer League, where he scored a record 262 goals.

He later became Lazio club’s president between 1983-85 before retiring to the US, The BBC reports.

In 2006 Italy issued an arrest warrant for him during an extortion probe at Lazio, but he was never detained.

According to the report, Lazio, in a statement on their website on Sunday, offered their condolences to Chinaglia’s family.

Cosmos also published an online tribute, describing Chinaglia as the club``s ‘greatest player ever’.