Leading Spain to their first Women's World Cup championship by netting a crucial goal in the 29th minute against England, Olga Carmona, the Spanish captain and hero of the World Cup final, received a heartwrenching update, right after the match. The Spanish Football Association (RFEF) informed Carmona of her father's passing.
"The footballer learned the tragic news after the World Cup final," conveyed the Spanish FA through social media.
Amid the celebrations and festivities of the win, the Spanish captain was soon confronted with profoundly sad news. Tragically, Carmona's father had been grappling with a prolonged illness and succumbed to death, last Friday.
However, to ensure that the Spanish captain continues to concentrate on the most crucial match of her career, Carmona's family and close circle chose to withhold this painful loss from her.
"We extend our heartfelt condolences to Olga and her family during this time of profound sorrow. Olga, you are cherished in our hearts, a part of Spanish soccer history," Spanish Football Association wrote.
Throughout the World Cup's group stage, Carmona's mother and siblings had been in New Zealand to offer their support. However, upon receiving the devastating news, they swiftly returned to Spain.
Carmona Pays Tribute
Taking to the social media platform 'X', the Spanish Captain wrote, '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. I know that you have been watching me tonight and that you are proud of me. Rest in peace, dad!
Y sin saberlo tenía mi Estrella antes de que empezase el partido. Sé que me has dado la fuerza para conseguir algo único. Sé que me has estado viendo esta noche y que estás orgulloso de mí. Descansa en paz, papá 🌟❤️🩹 pic.twitter.com/Uby0mteZQ3— Olga Carmona (@7olgacarmona) August 20, 2023
The Spanish Captain's family arrived in Australia in a touching demonstration of solidarity, just in time to stand by the side of the Real Madrid fullback as she competed in the final, ultimately contributing to Spain's historic victory.
Securing their first-ever Women's World Cup triumph yesterday, Carmona scored the winning goal for Spain in the 29th minute of the game. Aitana Bonmati and Teresa Abelleira orchestrated the game from the midfield, and the winning margin could have been more significant if not for England goalkeeper Mary Earps' save on a second-half penalty from Jennifer Hermoso.
In the final, Carmona was presented with the Player of the Match award. Additionally, she secured the decisive goal in the closing moments of Spain's semi-final against Sweden.
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