Andrés Escobar Saldarriaga (Spanish pronunciation: [an'ð?es esko'ßa? salðari'aga]; 13 March 1967 – 2 July 1994) was a Colombian footballer who played as a defender.
He played for Atlético Nacional, BSC Young Boys, and the Colombia national team.
Nicknamed The Gentleman, he was known for his clean style of play and calmness on the pitch.Escobar was murdered in the aftermath of the 1994 FIFA World Cup, reportedly as retaliation for having scored an own goal which contributed to the team's elimination from the tournament.
His murder tarnished the image of the country internationally.
Escobar himself had worked to promote a more positive image of Colombia, earning acclaim in the country.Escobar is still held in high regard by Colombian fans, and is especially mourned and remembered by Atlético Nacional's fans.