Colombia great Rincon dies after a car crash

Freddy Eusebio Rincón Valencia was a Colombian professional footballer who played 84 games for the Colombia national team between 1990 and 2001. A versatile midfielder he was capable of playing on the left, in the centre or as an attacking midfielder. Rincon is one of Colombia’s most iconic players, having played at three World Cups for his country.

At club level he played for independente Santa’s Fé, America de Cali (Colombia), Napoli (Italy), Real Madrid (Spain), Palmeris, Santos and Corinthians.

Rincón has been a member of The church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint since 20 August 2005. He was baptized in São Paulo Perdizes Stake in Brazil. Rincón’s son is professional footballer Sebastian Rincón , who currently plays for Barracas Central in Argentina.

On 11 April 2022, Rincón was hospitalized with serious head injuries after the car he was driving collided with a bus in the Colombian city of Cali. Four other passengers were also injured in the crash. He died two days later.

He was an ex-Real Madrid and Napoli midfielder. The 55-year-old was driving a car that collided with a bus early on Monday in Cali, Colombia. He had surgery on severe head injuries after his vehicle collided with a bus in Cali on Monday but unfortunately did not survive.

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Laureano Quintero, the medical director of the Imbanaco Clinic in Cali where Rincon was being treated said despite all the efforts of their teams, Freddy Eusebio Rincon Valencia eventually passed away.

FIFA, football’s world governing body, FCF and all other football clubs sent their “sincere condolences” to Rincon’s “loved ones, former team-mates and fans from the clubs he played for, and of the Colombia national team”.

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