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Freddy Rincón: Former Colombia captain dies after car crash

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The 55-year-old Rincón was admitted to hospital on Monday following a automotive accident within the early hours of the day, CNN en Español reported, citing native media.

5 individuals have been injured within the accident, which concerned a van with 4 occupants, together with the previous participant, and a bus, the Undersecretary of Mobility of Cali, Edwing Candelo, instructed the newspaper, El País Cali.

Cali’d The Imbanaco Clinic stated “regardless of all of the efforts made by our medical and help workforce, the affected person Freddy Eusebio Rincón Valencia, has died right this moment April 13, 2022.”

“There’ll by no means be a method to specific what this actually means for us, we invite your entire nation to recollect him with happiness for the whole lot that he introduced into life along with his sporting successes,” the hospital added.

A ‘painful loss’

Rincón performed in three World Cups — 1990, 1994 and 1998 — and scored 17 targets in 84 video games for Colombia.

The Colombian Soccer Federation paid tribute, saying in an announcement: “It is a large loss for his household and associates, and on the similar time is a regrettable loss for our sport, the place we’ll miss him and keep in mind him with nice care, appreciation, respect and admiration.”

“We ship energy, help and our condolences to his household, hoping that they’ll help this unhappy and painful loss,” the assertion added.

Actual Madrid, who Rincón performed for between 1995 and 1996, additionally paid tribute to him, expressing “condolences and care and affection to all of his household, teammates and managers, his golf equipment and all his family members.”

Born in 1966 in Buenaventura, in western Colombia, he was one of many key gamers of his nation’s golden era within the Nineteen Nineties.

A screen projects an image of former Colombian star midfielder Freddy Rincon reading "Rincon We Are With You" during the Copa Libertadores group stage first leg football match between Brazil's Corinthians and Colombia's Deportivo Cali at the Corinthians Arena in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on April 13, 2022.

Notably, he scored in opposition to West Germany on the 1990 World Cup in Milan’s San Siro stadium, his purpose coming late within the sport to safe a 1-1 draw giving Colombia a spot within the round-of-16 after the nation’s 28-year absence from the match.

Rincón additionally scored two targets in a famed 5-0 win in opposition to Argentina in Buenos Aires in 1993.

In Colombia, he performed for Santa Fe and América de Cali, with whom he gained three trophies.

In 1994, Rincón joined Brazilian membership Palmeiras, earlier than then shifting to Europe. He performed for Italian membership Napoli after which joined Spanish big Actual Madrid, changing into the primary Colombian footballer to play for the La Liga membership.

Rincón returned to Brazil in 1996, the place he gained three native titles and a Membership World Cup with Corinthians.

He retired as a participant in 2004 and later coached third division groups in Brazil. He was an assistant to former Brazil coach Vanderlei Luxemburgo at Atlético Mineiro in 2010 and to Jorge Luis Pinto at Millonarios de Colombia in 2019.

Matias Grez contributed reporting.