Brazil football was left in shock when authorities confirmed the death of 24-year-old midfielder Daniel Correa after his body was recovered from the outskirts of Brazilian city Curitiba on Saturday. As per a report in news agency AFP, Correa’s body was found almost decapitated with genitals cut off. A report in Brazil’s Folha de S.Paulo newspaper further cites a statement from a police source who said the footballer’s throat had been slit with a blade so wide that his head was almost entirely cut off. He added that his genitals were also been severed.
The Southern Parana state police have initiated an investigation on the incident. As per reports, the footballer’s kin is likely to be interrogated.
As a mark of respect, top-tier Brazilian football club, Sao Paulo FC on Monday held a minute’s silence before training. Confirming Correa’s death, Sao Paulo issued a statement stating that the footballer was “found dead this weekend.” Other Brazilian players and clubs also joined the voices of condolence for the midfielder.
Correa had joined Sao Paulo in 2015, however, he was sent on loan to second division club Sao Bento. Correa made his professional debut at Rio de Janeiro outfit Botafogo in 2013. Like other Brazilian footballers, the midfielder was an amazing dribbler and many supporters dubbed him as “Daniel Messi.” However, after sustaining a knee injury back in 2014, the footballer lost his fine touch and was unable to execute his early promise.
📣 The Indian Express is now on Telegram. Click here to join our channel (@indianexpress) and stay updated with the latest headlines