Claudio Ibraim Vaz Leal, ‘Branco’, champion with the Brazilian team in the 1994 World Cup in the United States, He was discharged this Saturday after staying for about three weeks in serious condition due to Covid-19. Today, he left the hospital in a wheelchair and was applauded by a part of the medical team. The ex-lateral will spend Easter Sunday, the date of his anniversary, at home with his family.
Branco was admitted to a hospital in Rio de Janeiro since last March 17 and He was intubated in an intensive care unit (ICU) after a worsening of the clinical picture.
The current coordinator of the youth categories of the Brazilian team was one of the fundamental pieces of the team that was proclaimed champion in the 1994 World Cup in the United States, under the command of coach Carlos Alberto Parreira and led on the field by forward Romario de Souza.
Four years earlier, at the World Cup in Italy, the left-back starred in a controversial moment in the round of 16 against Argentina, which went down in history as the episode of ‘Agua Bendita’. The tie was decided in favor of the Albiceleste thanks to a goal from Claudio Cannigia, but it was not without controversy. Branco denounced at the time that he felt a series of dizziness after drinking from one of the water cans that the Argentine physiotherapist Miguel Di Lorenzo offered him and suggested that they could have put some substance inside the bottle.
At the time, Diego Armando Maradona even joked about it, although coach Carlos Salvador Bilardo denied it outright.
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