Spain Women’s World Cup star Olga Carmona received some devastating news right after helping her country win the tournament on Sunday.
The 23-year-old left-back scored the decisive goal in the 1-0 win against England in Sydney, Australia to fire the European nation to their first-ever major trophy in women’s soccer. However, the Royal Spanish Football Federation (FREF) announced the death of her father just hours after she scored the winning goal.
Olga’s father had been fighting an illness for a long time and passed away on Friday. She only got to know after Sunday’s final.
“We deeply regret that we must announce the death of Olga Carmona’s father,” the RFEF wrote in a statement posted to X. “[Carmona] learned of the sad news after the World Cup final. We send our deepest condolences to Olga and her family at this time of deep sorrow.
“We love you, Olga, you are Spanish football history.”
Fans have since taken to the platform to show support and offer prayers:
Olga celebrated Sunday’s win with her teammates on Sunday and, later on, got on social media to say that “without knowing it, I had my own star before the game even started.”
She added: “I know that you gave me the strength to achieve something unique. I know you have been watching me tonight and you are proud of me. Rest in peace dad.”
The defender played a huge role for Spain in the tournament, having also scored a winner in the 89th minute against Sweden during the semis.
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