In a sad development, ex Chelsea midfielder Michael Ballack’s son Emilio has reportedly been killed in a quad crash in Portugal.
The 18-year-old is said to have died in an accident around 2am this morning (Thursday).
Portuguese media are reporting the tragedy happened in Troia south of Lisbon, close to a house his retired footballer dad purchased years ago.
German Michael Ballack is widely regarded as one of his homeland’s best-ever players.
He joined Chelsea in 2006 and won honours in his first season at the club. He left Stamford Bridge after playing part of a league and cup double in 2010.
Emilio posted photos of the sun setting on a Portuguese beach over the weekend as well as another snap of Comporta Beach Club, a trendy hangout near the scene of this morning’s crash.
The Troia Peninsula, opposite Setubal where Jose Mourinho hails from, is one of the most beautiful coastlines of Portugal with an eight-mile stretch of pristine sands and crystal-clear waters.
Firefighters from nearby Gondola are known to have been mobilised. Details of the fatal accident have not yet been made public.
Emilio is one of three children the former Chelsea and Bayern Munich player had with Simone Lambe, the long-term girlfriend he married in July 2008.
He was born in 2002, a year after their eldest son, Louis and three years before their youngest, Jordi.
Ballack enjoyed huge success at Chelsea between 2006 and 2010, winning the Premier League and three FA Cups.
In an interview in 2009, he told the Independent he saw similarities with his own schooling in what was then East Germany.
He said: “You had to stand up in school and say some things and stand still, and wear some uniform.
“Now I come to England and again my kids are in uniform, in a different way but they have to wear uniform. In West Germany you go to school everybody wears their own stuff.”