In a heart-wrenching turn of events, Olga Carmona, the Women’s World Cup hero, received devastating news after the final against England – her father had passed away.
Carmona, aged 23, secured Spain’s victory in the final by netting the sole goal of the match, a low strike in the 29th minute.
Her goal ultimately clinched the Women’s World Cup title for Spain as they triumphed over England.
However, following the intense match, the Real Madrid star was confronted with the heartbreaking news of her father’s passing. Her father had been battling a long illness, making the victory bittersweet for Carmona.
The Spanish Football Association took to social media to express their sympathy: “The RFEF deeply regrets to announce the death of Olga Carmona’s father.
“The footballer learned the sad news after the World Cup final.
“We send our most sincere embrace to Olga and her family in a moment of deep sorrow. We love you, Olga, you are Spanish soccer history.”
Carmona paid tribute to her father with a touching post on social media.
“And without knowing it, I had my star before the game started. I know that you have given me the strength to achieve something unique,” she tweeted, accompanied with a picture of her kissing the winners’ medal.
“I know you have been watching me tonight and that you are proud of me. Rest in peace dad.”
According to Spanish outlet Relevo, Carmona’s family and friends decided not to tell her before the final so she could focus on the showdown against the Lionesses.
Her mother and brothers arrived in Australia on Saturday to support her.
Carmona started five of Spain’s seven matches at the Women’s Women Cup and also scored a dramatic winner against Sweden in the semi-finals.
She was named ‘Player of the Match’ against England.