Spanish World Cup hero Olga Carmona netted the only goal of the Women’s World Cup final, and after the full-time whistle she received news her dad had died.
A statement from the Spanish Football Federation read: “The RFEF deeply regrets to report the death of Olga Carmona’s father. The player learned the sad news after the World Cup final.
“We send our most sincere hugs to Olga & her family in a moment of deep pain. We love you, Olga, you are the history of Spanish football.”
Real Madrid added: “Real Madrid CF, its President and its Board of Directors deeply regret the death of the father of our player Olga Carmona.
“Real Madrid wants to express its condolences and her affection for Olga, her relatives and all her loved ones. Rest in peace.”
Carmona was the difference maker for the Spanish team, with her first-half goal earning Spain a World Cup win.
After finding the net, the Spanish captain lifted up her top to reveal a message: “Merchi.” Speaking after the game, Carmona said: “First of all, I want to say that this victory, this achievement, goes to the mother of one of my best friends who has recently passed away.
“I celebrated the goal with her shirt and from here, I dedicate this to the whole family with all my love.”
England had no response to Carmona’s strike, and she lifted the World Cup trophy at the first time of asking – with the Spanish also in their first ever Women’s World Cup final.