Soccer fans mourn the death of Freddy Rincón, one of the greatest soccer players in the history of Colombia, who had an outstanding time in Europe and Brazil. His highest-level adventure without a doubt is the one he lived in Spain, with Real Madridthe ‘King of Europe’.
Freddy had his first experience in the old continent with Napoli in the 1994-1995 season. At the end he traveled to Sao Paulo to arrange his return to Palmeiras, but he was surprised by a call. Real Madrid was not experiencing a very good economic situation and did not sign any stars. Jorge Valdano, ‘merengue’ coach, asked the Colombian to reinforce the squad.
The Spanish club disbursed 500 million pesetas to Parmalat, a multinational that was the owner of the steering wheel pass. They had already been following him since the Copa América in Uruguay, months before, where Rincón scored 3 goals.
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The ‘Colossus of Buenaventura’ was with the ‘merengues’ during the 1995-1996 season. His numbers were not good, but he achieved records that immortalize him today. For example, Rincón became the first Colombian to play in the Champions League, on September 13 in a loss to Ajax in the Netherlands.
In his debut, on Thursday, August 24, 1995 in the first leg of the grand final of the Spanish Super Cup against Deportivo La Coruña, Real Madrid suffered a heavy 3-0 defeat. Rincón started and was on the pitch for 52 minutes, reports As.
In his first and only season with the Spanish team, the native of Buenaventura played 21 games in all competitions, being a starter in 13 commitments.
He got an anti-record that motivated him for his next adventure: he did not convert any goal dressed in white [en partidos oficiales]this being the only club in his career in which he did not score.
His only goal was in the I Trofeo de la Hispanidad —a competition that was only played twice— in a match against Atlético Celaya, at the José Rico Pérez, on October 10, 1995. Relive the goal below:
Freddy Rincón’s only goal with the Real Madrid shirt. It was in the I Hispanic Trophy in a match against Atlético Celaya held at the Rico Pérez on 10/10/1995. pic.twitter.com/hHlSNS4xlK
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With the departure of Valdano and the arrival of Arsenio Iglesias, the chances of playing for Rincón decreased. Finally, he returned to Brazil, where he had served in Palmeiras, and He signed for Corinthians, a club where he became an idol.