Madrid: In a heart-wrenching turn of events, Spain’s Women’s World Cup captain and the hero of the finals, Olga Carmona, discovered the tragic news of her father’s passing shortly after the championship match, the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) confirmed on Sunday.
Carmona’s outstanding performance on the field, including a crucial 29th-minute goal, led Spain to a historic 1-0 victory over England, securing their first Women’s World Cup title. However, the joy of this momentous achievement was marred by the sorrowful revelation that followed.
In an official statement posted on social media, the RFEF expressed its deep 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 sincere embrace to Olga and her family in this moment of deep sorrow. We love you, Olga; you are Spanish soccer history.”
According to an RFEF spokesperson who spoke to Reuters, Carmona’s father had been battling a prolonged illness and ultimately passed away on Friday. In a poignant twist, it was revealed that Carmona’s family and friends had made the agonising decision not to inform her of her father’s passing before the match to allow her to focus on the most significant game of her career.