The Escobars, Colombia, and Narco-Soccer

Two men named Escobar, both born in Medellín, both shot to death. The first was Pablo, the cold-blooded drug lord, mass murderer, and soccer obsessive who reigned over Colombia like a bloated, blood-soaked, black-eyed Komodo dragon. The second was Andrés, a futbol star with a thin, bony face who eventually sunk his country's World Cup hopes by scoring on his own net. On December 2, 1993, Pablo was caught and killed by the Colombian National Police. Less than a year later, Andrés was murdered in the street outside a bar called El Indio. The two Escobars were dead.

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