A Brazilian footballer, Bernardo Ribeiro collapsed on the field was later pronounced dead at a hospital on Sunday. Ribeiro was rushed to the hospital after he collapsed while playing in a friend for Friburguense. He was the second player to die less than 48 hours after Cameroonian footballer Patrick Ekeng collapsed and died while playing a league for a Romanian side, Dinamo Bucharest on Friday night.
Another Cameroonian footballer, Jeanine Djomnang, was pronounced yesterday after initially collapsing on the field. She reportedly complained of chest pains before she went down during a warm up before a female league game. Ribeiro began his career with the Brazilain giants Flamengo, who he joined in 1999 when he was 9 years old. He was with the team until 2011 when he moved Skenderbeu Korce in Albania.
He also made eight appearances during a one-season spell with Australian A-League side, Newcastle Jets.He followed that up with further transfers to Finnish side IFK Mariehamn and then back to Brazil with Inter de Lages,last year. Mariehamn wrote on their Facebook page: “We have received sad news today. Bernardo Ribeiro, who played for IFK during 2013 and 2014, has suddenly deceased after a game in Brasil with his club Friburguense.
“Our thoughts are with his wife Katie and his relatives. Thanks for everything and rest in peace Bernardo.”