The father of Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker dies after drowning in a dam at his holiday home in Brazil, with police finding his body hours after he dived in for an afternoon swim
- Alisson Becker’s father Jose, 57, has died after a swimming accident in Brazil
- The incident happened in a lake near a dam at around 5pm on Wednesday
- His body was discovered later by a friend of the family at around midnight
- Police report there was no suspected foul play involved over Mr Becker’s death
- Alisson is the star goalkeeper for Premier League champions Liverpool
- His older brother, Muriel, also plays professional football in Brazil for Fluminense
Jose Becker, 57, had been swimming at a dam on his property when the accident happened on Wednesday afternoon, Doroteo Machado Filho, a police inspector in the town of Lavras do Sul said.
The accident happened around 5pm and no foul play has been suspected.
The Fire Department of Cacapava do Sul were called to the scene before news emerged out of the region later that evening that Mr Becker’s body had been located.
Mr Becker, who was a real estate broker, was reportedly found at around midnight by a friend and employee of the family estate in the city of Bage, where Mr Becker lived with his wife Magali.
Alisson Becker’s (left) dad Jose (right) has passed away after drowning in a lake in Brazil
Jose Becker has been swimming at his apartment when the accident happened on Wednesday
Becker pictured with his father and mother, Magali, while on international duty with Brazil
Alisson, 28, joined Liverpool in 2018 from Roma and was voted FIFA Best Men’s Goalkeeper in 2019.
His older brother Muriel, 34, also plays professional football and is a goalkeeper for Fluminense, who are fifth in the Brazilian top division.
Liverpool showed their support to Alisson on social media by posting a picture of him along with the message: ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone.’ Their city neighbours Everton also tweeted support, saying: ‘The thoughts and prayers of everyone at Everton are with Alisson Becker and his family following the tragic news of the death of his father, Jose Becker.’
Internacional, another top-level Brazilian club who both brothers have previously played for, tweeted their condolences.
‘It is with great sadness that we received the news of Jose Agostinho Becker’s death, the father of our ex-goalkeepers Alisson and Muriel,’ the club said.
Mr Becker’s body was reportedly found at around midnight by a friend and employee of the family estate in the city of Bage, in the far south of Brazil
The Becker family pictured together years ago when Alisson (far left) was a young boy
Liverpool and Brazil goalkeeper Alisson’s parents Magali and Jose are pictured together
Fluminense posted on social media: ‘The Fluminense Football Club deeply regrets the death of Jose Agostinho Becker, father of goalkeepers Muriel and Alisson.’ tweeted Fluminense.
‘We wish all friends and family all the strength.’
In 2018, Alisson spoke about the impact his father had on him in becoming a footballer.
‘I have a family of goalkeepers,’ he said.
‘My father played for his work team, my mother played handball in school, and my grandfather played in amateur football.
‘And after all this, came my brother playing and then I started to like it, too.’
Since then Alisson has established himself as arguably the best goalkeeper in the world. He has been a source of consistency at Liverpool since joining in a £67million transfer from Italian club Roma – a then-world record for a goalkeeper.
Upon his arrival, the Reds finished second in the Premier League but won the Champions League in 2018-19 – beating domestic rivals Tottenham 2-0 in the final.
The 28-year-old backed that up last season by winning the Premier League with the Anfield outfit – their first top-flight title in 30 years – as well as the FIFA Club World Cup.
Alisson is also Brazil’s first-choice goalkeeper and was part of their triumphant Copa America team in 2019. To date he’s won 44 caps for his country.
In 2018, Alisson hailed the impact of his family’s sporting background – including his father’s
Brazilian clubs Internacional and Fluminese both tweeted their condolences to the family
Alisson has won three titles since joining Liverpool in 2018 – such as last term’s Premier League