Soccer Star Shot in Mexican Bar

Salvador Cabanas, about to quit Mexican team, fights for life
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 26, 2010 1:21 AM CST
Soccer Star Shot in Mexican Bar
Salvador Cabanas celebrates after scoring against San Luis during a Mexican soccer league match in Mexico City last week.   (AP Photo/Claudio Cruz)

(Newser) – One of Latin America's leading goal-scorers is fighting for his life after being shot in the head in a Mexico City bar in an attack that may be linked to his role as an athlete. Salvador Cabanas, a striker with Mexican team Club America who was expected to play a major role in his native Paraguay's World Cup bid this year, is in critical condition with a bullet lodged in his brain, CNN reports.

The 29-year-old star was expected this week to sign a lucrative deal with Britain's Sunderland team, according to the Daily Mail. He was shot just before dawn yesterday in the bathroom of a bar. Two suspects have been detained. The Club America president said the attack was unprovoked and robbery was not a motive. "They wanted to assault him," he told a local TV station. "There was no shoot-out nor any quarrel." (Read more Salvador Cabanas stories.)

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