Former Colombian soccer player Freddy Rincón died on Wednesday night after remaining in serious condition for almost two days after a traffic accident.
The news of the death was confirmed by the Imbanaco Clinic, where he was hospitalized.
“Despite all the efforts made by our medical and care team, the patient Freddy Eusebio Rincón Valencia has died today, April 13, 2022,” the clinic wrote in a statement on Twitter.
Rincón, 55, who was captain of the Colombian national team, suffered a traffic accident on April 11, when the van he was traveling in collided with a bus in the city of Cali.
He arrived at the hospital with a head injury and was on mechanical support, as previously reported by the Imbanaco Clinic.
The former Real Madrid midfielder scored 17 goals for Colombia and played in three World Cups.
He shares with Carlos Valderrama the record for the most appearances in World Cup finals for his country: he played in 10 tournament matches.
Rincón was part of the team that ended the nation’s 28-year wait to play in the World Cup when they qualified for the 1990 final.
In that match, he scored a memorable goal in a 1–1 draw against eventual winners West Germany.
He also played for Napoli, Palmeiras and Santos, as well as leading Corinthians in 2000 to victory in the first FIFA Club World Championship, now the Club World Cup.
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