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Former Brazilian soccer player Gilmar de Lima Nascimento, better known as Gilmar Fubá and world club champion with Corinthians in 2000, died this Monday at the age of 45, a victim of cancer, according to the Sao Paulo club.

The former steering wheel, trained in the lower categories of Corinthians, with which he also won two Leagues (1998 and 1999) and a Paulista Championship (1997), was receiving treatment for a type of bone marrow cancer that was diagnosed about five years ago .

“Corinthians expresses its regret over the early death of Gilmar Fubá. A charismatic former Corinthian player, he died this Monday at the age of 45” due “to cancer that affected him for the second time,” the Brazilian club said in a statement.

De Lima Nascimento, born on August 13, 1975 in the city of Sao Paulo, played 131 games and scored four goals with the Corinthians first team between 1996 and 2000.

The following year he wore the Fluminense shirt, another of the great teams in Brazil and who also regretted the death of the former midfielder in a message published on his social networks.

Fubá's nickname originates from the fact that during his childhood, due to the lack of milk, he received bottles of ‘fubá’, a word in Portuguese that refers to a flour made with corn or rice.

After hanging up his boots, Gilmar Fubá worked at the Corinthians base and was a member of the club's team of veteran stars, which goes on exhibition tours around the country.

“Corinthians joins the player's relatives, friends and fans at this time of great pain for the inestimable loss of Gilmar Fubá, who will undoubtedly be remembered for his good humor and the titles won,” concluded the note from the São Paulo team .

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