“Our heartfelt condolences go out to his loved ones, former teammates and fans of the clubs he played for, as well as the national team @FCFSeleccionCol which he represented at three World Cups. Rest in peace,” a- he added.
Former Real Madrid midfielder Rincon scored 17 goals for Colombia and appeared in the 1990, 1994 and 1998 World Cups. He shares the record with Carlos Valderrama for most tournament appearances for his country, having played 10 World Cup matches.
Rincon was part of the team that ended the nation’s 28-year wait to play at the World Cup when they qualified for the 1990 final, and scored a memorable goal in a 1-1 draw against eventual winners West Germany. He also played club football for Napoli, Palmeiras and Santos, as well as leading Corinthians to victory in 2000 in the first FIFA Club World Championship – now the Club World Cup.
The Colombian Football Federation (FCF) said it mourned Rincon’s death.
“He will be missed and remembered with great affection, appreciation, respect and admiration. We send strength, support and our condolences to his family, hoping they can bear this sad loss and painful,” the FCF said.