Former 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 passed away in an accident around 2 am this morning.
Portuguese media are reporting the tragedy that 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, making 98 appearances for his country between 1999 and 2010.
He joined Chelsea in 2006 and won honors in his first season at the club. He left
Stamford Bridge after playing the 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.
The main tourist development of Troia is to the northern tip of the peninsula.
Local reports said the accident that resulted in Michael Ballack’s son losing his life
happened near an apartment block known as Villas do Mar.
Firefighters from nearby Gondola are known to have been mobilized. Details of the
fatal accidents 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.