Colombian football “Colossus” Freddy Rincon dies aged 55

01 May 2022 | 08:44 | Football

Former Colombian international midfielder Freddy Rincon (left) passed away on Wednesday.© AFP

Former Colombian player Soccer Doctors say star quarterback Freddy Rincon died on Wednesday at the age of 55 from injuries he sustained in a traffic accident. Rincon suffered a severe head injury following a collision Monday between the vehicle he was traveling in and a bus southwest of Cali. The former Real Madrid and Napoli player underwent surgery that lasted nearly three hours before being transferred to the intensive care facility, but passed away on Wednesday.

“Despite all the efforts of our medical and care team, patient Freddy Eusebio Rincon Valencia passed away today,” said the Imbanaco Clinic in Cali, which is treating him.

Rincon was born in the southwestern port city of Buenaventura and was known by the nickname “Colossus” throughout his career.


He was a star of the Colombian team that played at the World Cup in Italy in 1990 and also played in two other World Cups.

He spent most of his career in Brazil, moving on to Palmeiras and Corinthians, where he won the FIFA Club World Cup in 2000.

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