Freddy Rincon: Former Colombia captain and Real Madrid midfielder passes away aged 55 after car accident


Freddy Rincon captained Colombia throughout an international career that saw him play at 3 World Cups; the midfielder had spells in Europe with Real Madrid and Napoli; Rincon was involved in a car crash in the city of Cali on Monday and passed away on Wednesday night, said physicians

Freddy Rincon, the previous Colombia captain, has passed away at the age of 55 after sustaining serious head injuries in a car crash in the city of Cali earlier today.
Rincon was injured after the vehicle he was driving in the Colombian city collided with a bus on Monday.

Laureano Quintero, the medical director of the Imbanaco Clinic in Cali where Rincon was being dealt with, informed press reporters: "Despite all the efforts of our teams, Freddy Eusebio Rincon Valencia has passed away."Rincon was a commanding midfielder who played for Colombian sides Santa Fe and America de Cali, while he also had spells in Europe with Napoli and Real Madrid.

Rincon captained Brazilian side Corinthians to the very first Club World Championship title in 2000 and was also part of the 'golden generation' of Colombian players who took the national side to three successive World Cups in 1990, 1994 and 1998.Rincon scored 17 goals during his international career and was on the scoresheet against Argentina in a 5-0 World Cup qualifier victory in Buenos Aires in 1993.

After retiring, Rincon managed a variety of lower-league sides in Brazil, while he likewise worked as a youth coach at former club Corinthians and as an assistant manager at Atletico Mineiro.
FIFA joined the tributes to the former Colombia midfielder, tweeting: "We join together with many on the planet of football to keep in mind Freddy Rincon.
" Our genuine acknowledgements go to his loved ones, previous team-mates and fans from the clubs he played for, and of the Colombia national team who he represented at three World Cups. Rest in peace."

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