Sao Paulo - Brazilian
football was in shock on Monday after authorities announced the death
of 24-year-old midfielder Daniel Correa, who was found almost
decapitated with his genitals cut off.
His parent club, Sao Paulo FC, whom he joined in 2015, paid tribute
to Correa with its players holding a minute's silence before training on
Correa had been on loan at second division Sao Bento when he died.
Sao Paulo said in a statement that he was "found dead this weekend." Other Brazilian clubs and players also paid tribute.
Police in the southern Parana state said Correa's body had been found
in a rural zone on the outskirts of the state capital Curitiba on
Authorities said an investigation into his death was "advanced" and that members of his family would be interviewed.
A police source told Folha de S.Paulo newspaper that Correa's throat
had been slit with a blade so wide that his head was almost entirely cut
off. His genitals had also been severed.
Brazil is one of the most violent countries in the world where last
year a record 63 880 people were murdered, some 30.8 per 100 000.
The United Nations considers a murder rate greater than 10 per 100 000 citizens as the threshold for endemic violence.
Once a prospect at Brazilian giants Cruzeiro, the powerhouse club
from his home state of Minas Gerais, Correa made his professional debut
at Rio de Janeiro outfit Botafogo in 2013, alongside Dutch great
With a talent for dribbling, fans dubbed him "Daniel Messi."
But a serious knee injury in 2014 curtailed his progress and Correa was never able to fulfil his early promise.