A Chelsea legend, Michael Ballack lost his 18-year-old son, Emilio Ballack in a quad bike accident in Portugal on Thursday, August 5, 2021.
A police report revealed that the teenager died around 2 am on the said date after the bike rolled over him. The incident allegedly happened when the unidentified quad bike rider lost control of the bike.
According to reports in Portuguese media, the crash happened on a plot of land close to Michael Ballack’s holiday home in Troia, south of Lisbon, Portugal.
The retired footballer has been the owner of the house for years and he decided to take his family there on a summer holiday which did not turn out well. He recently posted a picture showing him posing in a car with his late son to announce that they were on vacation.
Reports claimed that when the bike lost control and landed on the boy, local firefighters came to the rescue of the teenager but their effort was not enough to prevent the boy from dying. He was confirmed dead at the spot where the accident happened.
Hours after the news broke, Micheal Ballack’s former club, Chelsea took to their verified Twitter handle to send the 44-year-old football icon a condolence message.
“Everybody associated with Chelsea Football Club is shocked and saddened to learn of the death of Emilio Ballack at the young age of 18”, he tweeted.
“All our thoughts are with his father Michael and his family at this sad time.”
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.— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) August 5, 2021
All our thoughts are with his father Michael and his family at this sad time. 💙
Recall that Micheal Ballack had the best of his club football career during his four years spell at Chelsea. During that period, he helped the club to win one Premier League title and three FA Cups.
Even though he spent just four years at the Premier League side, he is always regarded as a legend of the club just like how he is being respected in German football.
At the time of publishing this report, the retired football star was yet to make a public statement about the sudden demise of his son.
The teenager’s body has been taken to the Institute of Forensic Medicine in Santiago do Cacem, a town not too far from the scene of the accident.
A police statement read: “The accident happened at the family home. The quad rider wasn’t on a public road and he was the only vehicle involved.
“The quad was on an uneven piece of land and at this stage, it appears to have gone backward and as it did fell on top of the victim and crushed him.”
Emilio Ballack was the second child of Micheal Barrack and his estranged wife Simone Lambe. The late teenager was born in 2002. The demise of the 18-year-old boy left Ballack with two children – Louis born in 2001 and Jordi born in 2005.