The model professional of Colombian football, Andrés Escobar
Today marks the birthday of one of Colombia's finest players from their greatest ever team; Andrés Escobar. Had he not been shot and killed in Medellín, Colombia, he would have been 45 today. Andrés was the centre-half and captain of Colombia's 1994 World Cup team in the USA. He is more famous for being shot and killed outside of a nightclub in his hometown of Medellín after scoring an own goal against the United States in the group stages of that ill-fated competition than he is for the exceptional partnership he shared with Luis "Chonto" Herrera that allowed 4 goals in their entire qualifying campaign, and only one loss. Nicknamed "The Gentleman" because of his exceptional on and off the field demeanour, Escobar was killed by the bodyguard of members of the Gallón brothers' cartel. Humberto Muñoz, the bodyguard and murderer, was released after 11 years in prison. The Gallón brothers were absolved.