Bogota: Former Colombian captain Freddy Rincon was in critical condition with serious head injuries after being involved in a car accident in the city of Cali, the clinic where he was treated said.
Four other people sitting in the car where Rincon was driving were also injured in the collision with a bus. The bus driver was also injured.
“Freddy Eusebio Rincon arrived at the hospital this morning with a traumatic brain injury,” the Imbanaco Clinic said in a statement. “His condition is very critical.”
Rincon, 55, was a commanding midfielder who played for the Colombian sides Santa Fe and America.
He also had spells with the Italian club Napoli and the Spanish Real Madrid.
He was captain of the Brazilian side Corinthians after the first club world championship title in 2000 and he was also part of the golden generation of Colombian players who took the national side to three consecutive World Cups in 1990, 1994 and 1998, in addition to players such as Carlos Valderrama and Faustino Asprilla.
He scored 17 goals in his international career and was on the scoreboard against Argentina in a memorable 5-0 World Cup qualifier victory in Buenos Aires in 1993.