Former Chelsea football legend Michael Ballack’s son dies in quad bike crash

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Former Chelsea football legend Michael Ballack’s son dies in quad bike crash
Former Chelsea football legend Michael Ballack’s son dies in quad bike crash Credit: Instagram

Former Chelsea football legend Michael Ballack’s son dies in quad bike crash while on holiday in Portugal.

The football world has been shocked by the tragic death of Emilio Ballack, the 18-year-old son of former Germany and Chelsea midfielder Michael Ballack. Reportedly Emilio died after a quad bike accident in Portugal near the family’s holiday home. It is believed that he was crushed during an accident during the early hours of Thursday, August 5.

The shocking accident happened in Troia near to the holiday home of Ballack who retired in 2012 from being a professional footballer, as reported Portuguese TV channel TVI24.

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Firefighters rushed to the scene of the accident and have revealed that the quad bike fell and crushed the victim. They were not able to confirm that it was Ballack’s son though.

‘I know the dead man was the son of a well-known footballer but I don’t have details about who it was,” said an officer.

‘The accident happened at the family home. The quad rider wasn’t on a public road and his was the only vehicle involved.


‘The quad was on an uneven piece of land and at this stage it appears to have gone backwards and as it did fell on top of the victim and crushed him.’

Chelsea took to Twitter to announce a tragic death on Thursday afternoon. ‘Everybody associated with Chelsea Football Club is shocked and saddened to learn of the death of Emilio Ballack at the terribly young age of 18”, said the football club.

‘All our thoughts are with his father Michael and his family at this sad time.’



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Alex Glenn is a reporter for Spain’s largest English-speaking newspaper, Euro Weekly News. Formerly she worked in the NHS for 15 years until relocating to Spain in 2018. She loves the Spanish lifestyle, language and culture and spent several years learning Spanish before moving to Spain for a better quality of life. She has made her home in the mountains in Almeria, where she loves being part of a rural community that has a mix of both expats and Spanish residents. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, reading and exploring the area where she lives.

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