Spain’s standout performer in the World Cup final, Olga Carmona, took to Twitter on Sunday night to share a poignant homage to her late father.
The touching tribute came following the team’s victory over England when she received the tragic news of his passing.
Spain World Cup hero I know you are proud of me
Reports indicate that Carmona’s father reportedly passed away last Friday. However, the information was deliberately withheld from the 23-year-old defender to prevent any negative impact on her mental state before the match against the Lionesses.
Spanish Football Federation posted on Twitter, expressing their profound sorrow over the passing of Olga Carmona’s father. The footballer was informed of this tragic news after the World Cup final.
The message conveyed their affection for Olga and emphasized her significant place in the history of Spanish World Cup football.
But in a put up in a while Sunday night time the 23-year-old, who scored the handiest purpose of the sport beyond England’s Mary Earp’s, stated her father had ‘given me the electricity to acquire some thing unique’.
She wrote: ‘And with out understanding it, I had my famous person earlier than the sport started.
Amidst the jubilant celebrations of the World Cup Spanish team, a somber note emerged as it was disclosed to the goal scorer Olga Carmona that her father had tragically passed away before the final match.
Carmona secured the sole goal of the match, leading World Cup Spain to a 1-0 victory over the Lionesses in the Sydney final.
I am aware that you have bestowed upon me the strength to accomplish something exceptional. I understand that you have been watching over me tonight and that you take pride in me.
May You Rest in Peace, Dad.”
Carmona had commemorated her goal in the first half by displaying a message on her shirt dedicated to a friend who had recently lost their mother.
The scene brought to mind the gesture made by men’s player Andres Iniesta, who dedicated his winning goal in the men’s World Cup final in 2010 to his late friend Dani Jerque.
Playing as a left back, Carmona earned the title of player of the match in the final on Sunday, having also secured a crucial late goal in World Cup Spain’s victory over Sweden in the semi-finals.
Joining her teammates on the pitch, Carmona celebrated the team’s triumph by dancing in jubilation at the Sydney Stadium.
During an interview, she remarked,
“We sensed that this team possessed something extraordinary.”
On Sunday night, Real Madrid issued an official statement regarding the passing of Carmona’s father, extending their condolences to the player and her family.
Irene Paredes, Carmona’s fellow teammate on the Spanish national team, also suffered the loss of her father a few days prior to the commencement of Spain’s World Cup preparations.
The defender paid tribute to him by dedicating the championship title to his memory on Sunday.
Before the news of Carmona’s father’s passing emerged, the federation had announced plans for title celebrations following the team’s arrival in Madrid on Monday night.
The status of the scheduled celebrations remained uncertain, including whether Carmona would be involved in any capacity.
The Spanish team marked their victory in a grand manner on the field, with Queen Letizia herself joining the team photograph at the center and raising the championship trophy.
Hermosa was questioned about the embrace during a post-match interview with the Spanish TV station La 1. Seeming a bit uneasy, she responded,
“Uh… well, I didn’t find that enjoyable.”
She reaffirmed the same feeling during a live stream on her Instagram from the dressing rooms of the Spanish team.
Since the on-air moment was broadcast, video footage of the kiss has gained significant attention online, leading to various fans expressing strong criticism of Rubiales’ actions.
One angered supporter expressed, “Rubiales’ conduct on that podium was absolutely appalling. Completely inappropriate!”
Another individual chimed in, stating,
“There’s no justification for Rubiales’ behavior. It’s just terrible.”
Yet another person, clearly frustrated, emphasized their displeasure with the actions of a senior figure within Spanish football, remarking, “What’s truly concerning is how casually Rubiales treated Hermoso.
The head of the FA demonstrated this behavior on such a significant stage, in the presence of royalty, officials, and cameras. It’s deeply unsettling and frankly worrisome.”
A concerned observer even suggested that this incident could reflect poorly on the future of women’s football, saying, “It’s disheartening to think that women’s football might not progress far if men like Rubiales, Vilda, and Infantine retain influential positions.”