As a result of Columbia's exit from the tournament in 1994, some of the country's inhabitants became so angry that they murdered the footballer responsible.
We'll learn about this footballer's tragic life and death in today's article. A former Colombian international player, Andres Escobar was assassinated in 2004. An own goal lost him his life as he was representing the United States of America at the 1994 FIFA World Cup in Mexico City.
Colombia was eliminated from the World Cup after Escobar sent a cross into his own net against the tournament hosts, the United States. The players had been cautioned not to return home because of the unrest back in South America. Despite the warning, Escobar chose to return home.
Five days after his early release, Pablo Escobar found himself alone in a parking lot outside a Medelln nightclub in Colombia. An argument over the sad own goal ensued after he was approached by a group of individuals.
His murderers opened fire on him six times, shouting "Goal!" after each shot, one for each time the match's announcer had uttered that word during the broadcast of the winning goal.
Reason behind the assassination of Andres Escobar
Cartel bodyguard Humberto Castro Munoz lost money betting on the Colombia vs. United States game. The following day, he was taken into custody and later confessed to the murder of Escobar.
The funeral for former Colombian captain Andrés Escobar drew an estimated 120,000 spectators, and the anniversary of his death is commemorated each year with a football match.
Andrés Escobar, a Colombian footballer, is remembered around the world as the man who was brutally murdered after scoring an own goal for his country.
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