The son of former Brazil captain and two-time World Cup winner Cafu has died of a suspected heart attack while playing football near his family home in Sao Paolo. He was 30 years old.
According to reports from Brazil, Danilo Feliciano de Mosraes, Cafu’s eldest son, complained he was not feeling well and was taken to the Albert Einstein Hospital where he later died.
Several prominent football clubs have expressed their condolences on social media to Cafu, who represented his country 142 times over a 16-year career.
Cafu’s boyhood club, Sao Paulo, wrote on Twitter: “Sao Paulo Futebol Clube deeply regrets the death of Danilo, son of Cafu. The club sympathizes and wishes the tricolor idol, family and friends a lot of strength.”
AC Milan also offered his condolences. He ran out 118 times for the Rossoneri, winning six titles including the 2007 Champions League. “It’s with a sad heart that we offer our deepest condolences to his family at this saddest of times.”
Real Madrid, Inter Milan, and European football’s governing body UEFA have all tweeted their sadness.
The news of the passing of Danilo was confirmed by Cafu’s long-time friend and Brazillian teammate Paulo Sergio, according to Globo Esporte.
Cafu is regarded as on the of the game’s ever right-backs. He lifted 20 trophies with five different clubs. Additionally, his World Cup triumphs in 1994 and 2002. Cafu won two Copa Americas in 1997 and 1999 and the 1997 Confederations Cup. He is working with FIFA as an ambassador for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
By Jeanette Smith
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