In a gruesome incident that has further sullied Brazil’s reputation ahead of next year’s World Cup, an ex-footballer has been beheaded by drug traffickers in Rio de Janerio, and his severed head delivered to his police officer wife.
According to The Guardian, former Brazilian footballer, Joao Rodrigo Silva Santos, who played for a number of lesser teams in Brazil as well as Osters in Sweden, was the victim of the horrific crime.
The 35-year-old was recently kidnapped from the shop he has been running since retiring as a footballer.
Brazilian website G1.Globo has since reported that late one night this week, Santos’ wife heard a noise in her house.
When she went to investigate she discovered her husband’s head inside his backpack, with his eyes and tongue carved out.
The police unit that she works for has been carrying out an operation to eliminate Rio de Janeiro’s notoriously violent drug trade, ahead of the World Cup and 2016 Olympics to be held in the city.
The decapitation of her husband was probably intended to serve as a warning for her to cease the investigation into Rio’s drug cartels.
Bruno Santos, a friend of the murdered former footballer, was quoted as saying: "He was a good family man.
“He lived for football and played until recently.
"He had no enemies."