Spanish Women's football team skipper Olga Carmona received the heartbreaking news of her father's death just hours after the FIFA World Cup final match against England on Sunday. Carmona scored the decisive goal of the final to help Spain claim their first-ever major triumph in women's football. According to Spanish outlet Relevo, Olga Carmona's family and relatives decided not to share the tragic news with her before Sunday's clash against England. Carmona's brothers and mother were in New Zealand to Support La Roja during the FIFA Women's World Cup group stage games but they later went back to Spain. They arrived in Australia on Saturday to cheer for Spain and Carmona.
RFEF wrote on Twitter, "We deeply regret that we must announce the death of Olga Carmona's father. [Carmona] learned of the sad news after the World Cup final. We send our deepest condolences to Olga and her family at this time of deep sorrow. We love you, Olga, you are Spanish football history."
After receiving the news, Carmona wrote on Twitter, "I know that you gave me the strength to achieve something unique. I know you have been watching me tonight and you are proud of me. Rest in peace, Dad." Olga Carmona's club Real Madrid also shared condolences to the defender and her family members.
Carmona scored a beautiful left-footed strike in the 29th minute to earn a lead for her side in the FIFA Women's World Cup final against England. That goal helped Carmona become the final's most valuable player. In the semi-final against Sweden, she also scored a late winner for Spain. Carmona even became the first player since former American footballer Carli Lloyd in 2015 to score in the World Cup final and semi-final.