Spain’s Women’s World Cup star Olga Carmona had a career high on Saturday and a devastating low on Sunday, with the latter event being kept secret from her.
The Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) claimed in a statement that Carmona, who scored the game-winning goal for Spain against England, found out about her father’s death after the match.
Olga Carmona’s father has passed away, and we at the RFEF are saddened to share the news. After the World Cup final, the football player heard the devastating news. In this time of great sorrow, Olga and her family have our deepest sympathies and affection. RFEF also said, “Olga, we love you.”
Carmona compared her father to a star watching over her while she played the final in an emotional post on X, formerly known as Twitter.
“And without realizing it, I had my Star before kickoff,” she wrote. I know you encouraged me to do something extraordinary. Your eyes were on me tonight, and I know the pride you feel for me. Put your feet up, dad.
On Monday, the day after the World Cup final, Carmona wrote another heartfelt homage on X.
In response to everyone’s support, “I don’t have the words to thank all of your love,” the post stated. A day that was both the best and worst of my life occurred yesterday. I know you’d want me to be among my teammates for this momentous occasion, so I will be. From wherever you may be, know that this magnificent achievement is also yours, Dad.
Real Madrid, Carmona’s club, also released a declaration of condolence.
The demise of Olga Carmona’s father has left Real Madrid C.F., the president, and the board of directors profoundly grieved. The entire Real Madrid family sends its deepest sympathies to Olga and her loved ones. “May he finally find peace,” the message said.
La Roja became only the second nation, after Germany, to win the men’s and women’s World Cups thanks to Carmona’s game-winning goal in the 29th minute.
Carmona celebrated the goal by taking her shirt off. She said thereafter that she did it in memory of her best friend’s mother, who had recently passed away.
Against all odds, Carmona’s goal gave Spain the victory. Given the internal strife that has plagued La Roja throughout the tournament, their victory over the defending European champion and pre-match favorite is truly remarkable.
Last year, 15 Spanish players declared themselves unavailable for selection because they were dissatisfied with head coach Jorge Vilda’s training techniques, which were at the time being called a “world embarrassment.”
The RFEF only picked three of the fifteen players who had previously complained to the organization that the “situation” within the national team was having a negative impact on their “emotional state” and health.
The nation is now number one, but the fates of the banished players on the international stage are still unknown. Even if you manage to pull off a victory, the larger questions about the structure of your country and whether or not the disagreement can be settled remain.
If the off-field problems can be fixed, Spain has an incredible opportunity to win the Women’s World Cup at the Under-17, Under-20, and Senior levels in the near future.