The Brazilian soccer player Daniel Correa Freitas He was found dead almost decapitated, and with his mutilated genitals, according to local authorities.
According to the civil police of the state of Paraná (south), the corpse of the 24-year-old soccer player, who played in the ranks of the modest Sao Bento (of the B series) after being ceded in June by the Sao Paulo, was found on Saturday in a rural area near Sao Jose dos Pinhais, a suburb of Curitiba (south).
A police source explained to the local newspaper Folha de S. Paulo that the midfielder was "killed" and that he had a wound so deep that he had almost been decapitated. Also his genitals were mutilated.
The authorities indicated in a statement that the investigation is in an "advanced" state and that members of the victim's family would give their testimonies, without adding further details.
In his Twitter account, Sao Paulo, the club he was under contract with since 2015, "deeply condemned" the player's murder and paid him a tribute during Monday's training: the players met in midfield and They gave him a minute of silence. Other Brazilian clubs and former teammates showed their solidarity with the family.
Brazil is one of the most violent countries in the world, with a record of 63,880 homicides in 2017, a rate of 30.8 per 100,000 inhabitants (three times more than the 10 per 100,000 considered by the UN as the threshold of endemic violence).
Considered a promise in the lower level training center of Cruzeiro, a powerful club from his home state of Minas Gerais (southeast), Daniel Correa Freitas made his professional debut in 2013 at Botafogo, Rio de Janeiro, playing alongside your idol, The dutch Clarence Seedorf.
His ability to dribble earned him the nickname "Daniel Messi" among his fans. In 2014, the midfielder suffered a serious knee injury, and since then he could not recover his level of play.