The captain of the Spanish soccer players, Olga Carmona, won the world championship title for her team at the championship in Sydney, Australia with just one goal. Shortly after, she learned that her father had passed away.
“I know you looked at me tonight and you’re proud of me. Rest in peace dad,” Carmona wrote on social media after Sunday’s game against England. She accompanied the emotional message with a picture of herself kissing the gold medal.
“Without realizing it, I already had my star before kick-off. I know you gave me the strength to do something truly unique,” she added. She was referring to the gold star that is pinned on the winning team’s shirt after winning the football championship.
Y sin saberlo tenía mi Estrella antes de que empezase el partido. Sé que gave me the fuerza para conseguir algo único. Sé que me has estado viendo esta noche y que estás orguloso de mí. Descansa en paz, daddy 🌟❤️🩹 pic.twitter.com/Uby0mteZQ3
— Olga Carmona (@7olgacarmona) August 20, 2023
The 23-year-old’s father died on Friday after a long battle with illness, Reuters reported.
According to the Spanish server Relief her family and friends decided to tell her the sad news after Sunday’s final so she could focus on the deciding match. Her mother and brother arrived in Australia on Saturday to support her.
In the final of the football championship, the Spaniards finally beat England 1-0 precisely thanks to the shot of captain Carmona, who fell in the 29th minute of the match. They thus became world champions for the first time in history.
Carmona held up his jersey to celebrate the goal that ultimately won the game. After the game, she explained that she did it in honor of her best friend’s recently deceased mother.
View photos from the match Spain vs England
His Real Madrid team and the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) expressed their condolences shortly after the game.
“It is with deep regret that the RFEF announces the death of Olga Carmona’s father. The footballer learned the sad news after the World Cup final.” she said in a statement from the Royal Spanish Football Federation. “In these moments of deep pain, we send our sincere hugs to Olga and her family. We love you, Olga,” she added.
“Real Madrid CF, the President and the Board of Directors are deeply saddened by the death of the father of our player Olga Carmona. Real Madrid would like to express their sincere condolences to Olga, her family and all those close to her. rest in peace,” it costs in a statement from the Real Madrid club.
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