The 18-year-old son of former Germany and Chelsea midfielder Michael Ballack has been killed in a quad bike accident in Portugal, according to reports.
Emilio Ballack was involved in an accident in the early hours of Thursday morning in Troia, south of Lisbon, not far from a house owned by his father, it has been reported in Portugal.
Details of the incident which reportedly led to Emilio Ballack’s passing are still emerging, but Portuguese outlet TVI24 describes the accident as occurring next to a condominium known as Villas do Mar, with firefighters responding from Grandola.
The quad bike was said to be suitable for use on public roads.
Emilio was one of three children Ballack had with ex-wife Simone Lambe, along with Louis and Jordi.
Ballack Sr, 44, enjoyed a prominent club and international career, winning a hat-trick of Bundesliga titles with Bayern Munich in his homeland before joining Chelsea, where he won the Premier League title in 2010.
Captaining Germany and winning 98 caps, Ballack was part of the teams which reached the final of 2002 World Cup and 2008 European Championship.
After the news emerged of Ballack’s reported family tragedy, support poured in for the former footballer, including from Chelsea.
“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,” the club 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. All our thoughts are with his father Michael and his family at this sad time. ?
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) August 5, 2021