Freddy Rincon: Former Colombian captain and Real Madrid midfielder dies aged 55 after car accident | Soccer News

Freddy Rincon, the former Colombian captain, died aged 55 after suffering serious head injuries in a car accident in the city of Cali earlier this week.

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 treated, told reporters: “Despite the best efforts of our teams, Freddy Eusebio Rincon Valencia has passed away.”

Rincon was a dominant midfielder who played for Colombian sides Santa Fe and America de Cali, while he also had stints in Europe with Napoli and Real Madrid.

Rincon captained Brazilian side Corinthians to the first Club World Cup title in 2000 and was also part of the ‘golden generation’ of Colombian players who took the national team to three consecutive World Cups in 1990, 1994 and 1998.

Rincon has scored 17 goals in his international career and was on the scoresheet against Argentina in a 5-0 World Cup qualifier win in Buenos Aires in 1993.

After his retirement, Rincon managed a number of lower league teams in Brazil, while he also worked as a youth coach at former club Corinthians and as an assistant manager at Atletico Mineiro.

FIFA joined in the tributes paid to the former Colombian midfielder, tweeting: “We join many in the world of football in remembering Freddy Rincon.

“Our sincere condolences go out to his loved ones, former teammates and supporters of the clubs he played for, as well as to the Colombian national team which he represented at three World Cups. Rest in peace.”

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