10 Mysterious Celebrity Deaths That Shocked The World
10. Andrés Escobar
In 1994, Colombia bowed out of the FIFA World Cup early despite great fanfare: the national side had only lost one in twenty-six games before the international tournament. However, theyd lost their first match 3-1, and in their second match had suffered a 2-1 defeat against the United States. The first goal of that match came courtesy of Colombia captain and defender Andrés Escobar. Trying to intercept a pass from attacking midfielder John Harkes, Escobar stretched out his leg and deflected the ball into his own teams goal. Colombia would go on to defeat Switzerland in the next game, but it wasnt enough to save their World Cup dream. Five days after the national teams elimination, Escobar was back in his home country, out for drinks and commiserating with friends. Deciding to make a night of it and hitting El Indio nightclub, Escobars friends lost sight of him. It was reported that he was accosted in the car park of the club by three men, two of whom pulled pistols after an argument ensued. Escobar was shot six times, the killers repeatedly shouting Goal! in Spanish. He died 45 minutes after arriving at the hospital. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qFjke_ahBYY Humberto Castro Muñoz was convicted of Escobars murder the following year. The man worked as a bodyguard for senior Colombian cartel members, the Gallón brothers, who had apparently bet heavily on Colombia to win. The murder was believed to be Escobars punishment for the own goal but there was more to it than that. Rumour persist that, despite the conviction, Muñoz didnt actually pull the trigger, and may not even have been present. The suggestion is that, in a moment of rage, the Gallón brothers might have actually carried out the hit themselves and afterwards paid off Muñoz to take the fall, bribing the prosecutors to eventually have their man out in 11 years for good behaviour. Had they been arrested for their momentary lapse of judgment, their entire drugs operation could have been destroyed. It was too late for Colombian football, though: Escobars murder after such an ignominious failure at the World Cup destroyed the nations passion for the sport, and it would be years before it would be rebuilt.
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