Freddy Rincón made history by becoming the first Colombian to play for Real Madrid. The former midfielder was only one season in the merengue team, which he came from Napoli. His numbers were not positive, as were those of the team, which was experiencing one of its greatest institutional crises.
“I have a feeling of frustration from Freddy because Madridismo did not enjoy it to its full potential. He arrived at Madrid at a time of great crisis and Freddy paid for it as a player, just as I paid for it as a coach, ”Jorge Valdano previously assured in an interview with Diario AS Colombia.
The Colossus of Buenaventura was during the 1995-1996 season and Although his numbers were the lowest of his sports career, the player achieved several records. Rincón became the first Colombian to play in the Champions League, on September 13 in a loss to Ajax in the Netherlands.
Statistics of Freddy Rincón in Real Madrid
In his first and only season at Real Madrid, Freddy Rincón played 21 games in all competitions, starting 13 games. The player did not score a goal dressed in white, this being the only club in his career in which he did not score and the third in which he played fewer games.
Freddy Rincón’s debut with Real Madrid took place on Thursday, August 24, 1995 in the first leg of the grand final of the Spanish Super Cup against Deportivo La Coruña, who won 3-0. The Colombian started and was on the pitch for 52 minutes.
Matches in LaLiga of Spain: 14
champions league matches: 4
Matches in the Spanish Super Cup: two
Matches in Copa del Rey: one
With the former Colombian midfielder on the pitch, Real Madrid got six wins, six draws and nine losses. The player also received five yellow cards.
“I needed to be white to succeed at Real Madrid”
A few years ago in an interview with Caracol, Freddy Rincón confessed how he experienced his time at Real Madrid. The former midfielder assured that he had had problems with some teammates in addition to the racism that he experienced many times playing in the White House.
“I lacked being white to succeed at Real Madrid. I did not suffer racism day by day, but to play for Real Madrid, yes. With Jorge Valdano it was very difficult because they had a lot of pressure on him. I am grateful because he made me mature as a man and as a person, “he said at the time.