BREAKING: Young female footballer in Spain dies suddenly as Real Madrid lead tributes

BREAKING: Young female footballer in Spain dies suddenly as Real Madrid leads tributes

BREAKING: Young female footballer in Spain dies suddenly as Real Madrid lead tributes. Image: Sporting de Huelva/Official

SPANISH football giants Real Madrid have led tributes to a young female footballer who has died suddenly in Spain.

Spanish side Sporting Club de Huelva announced that Estrella Martín, who was also a regular member of Spain’s U-15 women’s national team, had died suddenly. No further information has been released.

“Sporting Club de Huelva deeply regrets to announce the death this morning of our player Estrella Martín Rasco in her native Ayamonte,” the club wrote.

“A member of our youth ranks, the player, a cadet player and a regular member of the U-15 women’s national team, left us today in her home town of Ayamonte, leaving a deep sorrow in her family, friends and the whole club .”

It added: “Following the news of this tragic loss, the club has suspended training this week for the youth team and the first team, which was due to be completed today.

‘All lower league matches this week have also been postponed and a postponement has also been requested for tomorrow’s Liga F match in Seville.’

Real Madrid wrote on Twitter: “Real Madrid, its president and its Board of Directors deeply regret the passing of Estrella Martín, @sportinghuelva’s youth-team player. The club wishes to express its condolences and affection to her family, her teammates, her club and her loved ones. Rest in peace.”

Seville’s Women’s side said: “From #SevillaFCFem we show our deepest condolences for the death of the player Estrella Martín, sending condolences both to the player’s family and to the club, @sportinghuelva. May she rest in Peace. 🕯️”

The news of the young player’s sudden death comes after another young footballer died after a sudden collapse during a game in Spain’s Malaga last month.

Thirteen-year-old Marvelous Onanefe Johnson collapsed five minutes before the end of the clash between CD Puerto Malagueño Ciudad Jardín and UD Prados in the Third Andalucian Children’s League on Sunday, December 11.

The club said at the time: “After a few moments of uncertainty for all those attending the match and club staff and after the resuscitation attempt by the local police and 061, our player could not be resuscitated.”

The death of Estrella Martín comes after three young female footballers lost their lives suddenly last year.

Stanford University’s promising young female footballer Katie Meyer died at the age of 22 due to an apparent suicide on Monday, February 28, 2022.

Then in April 2022, young goalkeeper Dominyka Podziute, a former player for both Newcastle United Women and Hartlepool United Women, died suddenly aged 21.

A few months later, Marvel Simiyu, a young footballer playing in Kenya’s Women’s Premier League, died suddenly on Tuesday, June 14.

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Matthew Roscoe

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