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Former Colombia soccer skipper Rincon dies

Former Colombia soccer captain Freddy Rincon has died after he sustained severe head injuries in a car crash that occurred in the city of Cali earlier this week. He was 55.

Rincon was injured after the vehicle he was driving collided with a bus on Monday.

“Despite all the efforts of our teams, Freddy Eusebio Rincon Valencia has passed away,” Laureano Quintero, the medical director of the Imbanaco Clinic in Cali where Rincon was being treated, told reporters on Wednesday.

Rincon was a commanding midfielder who played for Colombian sides Santa Fe and America.

He also had spells with Italian club Napoli and Spanish giants Real Madrid.

He captained Brazilian side Corinthians to the first club world championship title in 2000 and was also part of the ‘golden generation’ of Colombian players who ended the nation’s 28-year wait to play at the World Cup, taking the national side to three consecutive finals tournaments in 1990, 1994 and 1998.

“We will miss him and remember him with great affection, appreciation, respect and admiration,” the Colombian Football Federation (FCF) said.

He shares with Carlos Valderrama the record for the most appearances at the tournament for his country, having played in 10 World Cup games.

He scored 17 goals during his international career and was on the scoresheet against Argentina in a historic 5-0 World Cup qualifier victory in Buenos Aires in 1993.

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