Roberto Cabañas, Paraguayan footballer, Died at 55


Roberto Cabañas González was born on April 11, 1961, and died on January 9, 2017.

He was a Paraguayan footballer.

Roberto played as a forward.

Over a period of his career, he played for Cerro Porteño of Paraguay, Stade Brestois and Olympique Lyonnais of France, the New York Cosmos (winning the 1980 and 1982 NASL championship and the top scorer and NASL MVP in 1983), América de Cali of Colombia (helping the team in reaching three consecutive Copa Libertadores finals)[ and Boca Juniors of Argentina (winning the 1992 Apertura tournament and the 1992 Copa Master de Supercopa).

Following his representation for Paraguay at the 1979 FIFA World Youth Championship, Cabañas became a key player of the Paraguayan national team during the 1980s.

He was not only pivotal in Paraguay’s qualification for the Mexico 1986 World Cup, but he also scored the two goals against Belgium in the pivotal third group match, thus tying the game at 2-2. This allowed Paraguay to qualify second in their group, behind Mexico.

When he retired, he settled in Cali, Colombia, where he married and had two children.

He died of a heart attack in Asunción, Paraguay.

Roberto Cabañas González passed away at 55 years old.