Following her decisive goal in the Women’s World Cup final that secured Spain’s victory over England, Olga Carmona, the captain of the Spanish team, received heartbreaking news.
After the match, she was informed of her father’s passing. At 23 years old, Carmona’s triumphant goal earned Spain the coveted trophy in a hard-fought contest.
Tragically, Carmona’s father had been battling a prolonged illness and eventually succumbed to it on Friday, as reported by Reuters.
In a touching tribute on social media, the Real Madrid left-back expressed her feelings: “I know you have been watching me tonight and that you are proud of me. Rest in peace, dad.”
Accompanying her heartfelt words was an image of her affectionately kissing her championship medal.
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
Carmona continued her emotional reflection, sharing, “And unbeknownst to me, I carried my guiding star even before the game began. I understand that your strength has propelled me to achieve this extraordinary feat.”
A symbol of her victory, a golden star, is affixed to the jersey of World Cup winners, placed above the national team crest, with each successful tournament.
In a statement on social media, the Spanish Football Association (RFEF) expressed its condolences: “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.”