Former Germany and Chelsea midfielder Michael Ballack, has lost his son, Emilio to the cold hands of death after being crushed by a quad-bike near the family’s holiday home in Portugal.
The 18-year-old is said to have died in the accident around 2am on Thursday morning.
According to Portuguese TV channel TVI24, the tragedy happened in Troia, a peninsular off the coast of Setubal just south of Lisbon, close to the house of Ballack, who retired as a professional footballer in 2012.
The teenager had been spending time at Sublime Beach Club in Alentejo, just days before he passed away.
Emilio was one of Ballack’s three children the former German footballer shares with ex-wife Simone Lambe.
He was born in 2002, a year after their eldest son, Louis, and was three years older than Ballack’s youngest, Jordi.
Ballack is widely regarded as one of the best German players of all time and is a Premier League and FA Cup winner with Chelsea.
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He joined the Blues in 2006 after making his name at Bayer Leverkusen and Bayern Munich before spending four years at Stamford Bridge.