Michael Ballack Looses Son Emilio To Quad Bike Accident
The young teenager (Emilio Ballack) was involved in a quad-bike accident which police told Reuters took place in the early hours of Thursday morning south of Lisbon.
Former Chelsea, Bayern and Leverkusen Midfielder Michael Ballack’s son passed away in the early hours of today. His former teams across the globe sent out messages of condolence to the Ballack Family. We ask that the family be allowed to grieve for their son peacefully in this trying time..
Frmer Bayern and Germany team mate Oliver Kahn, who played alongside him for Germany and Bayern Munich, said he was “shook deeply” by the news.
“There are no words at a time like this,” Oliver Khan said in a statement on Bayern Munich’s Official website.
The German club said it was “united in grief with its long-serving player and his family”.
Chelsea, where Ballack won the Premier League title, League Cup and FA Cup three times, said they were “shocked and saddened” to learn of Emilio’s death.
Ballack played for Leverkusen from 1999 to 2002 and 2010 to 2012, and their sporting director Rudi Voller said: “The news came as a shock and it’s hit me very hard.
“We mourn for the lad and our thoughts are with Michael and Simone.”
German fourth-tier side Chemitzer FC said Emilio, who was the grandson of their supervisory board member Stephan Ballack, had completed a three-week internship with the club in 2019.
“Chemnitzer FC expresses its deeply felt sympathy for the Ballack family and wishes all relatives a lot of strength in this difficult time,” they said in a statement.
Retired Chelsea captain and legend John Terry wrote on Instagram: “Words can’t describe how heartbroken I am.”
Michael Ballack was a great player during his prime, the German international was a finalist in the 2002 world cup with Germany and was also among the Chelsea team who lost sadly to Manchester united in the 2007/08 chamions league final.