He was honored with a statue at the entrance of Maracanã, which depicts him lifting the trophy. At the end of his international career from 1957 to 1966 with Brazil he earned a total of 51 caps being the captain during the 1958 FIFA World Cup in Sweden.
Bellini is credited with starting the tradition of lifting the trophy into the air in football. He initially did this so that photographers could have a better view of the trophy and, as the photos were published around the world, the gesture became associated with victory.
Bellini died on 20 March 2014, aged 83, in São Paulo, due to complications caused by Alzheimer's disease culminating with cardiac arrest.