Spain captain Olga Carmona dedicates World Cup 2023 triumph to late father


Spain captain Olga Carmona dedicated her World Cup triumph to her late father after firing the nation to victory over England.

The 23-year-old learned her father had died after scoring the only goal in Sunday’s 1-0 win over the Lionesses in Sydney.

Real Madrid defender Carmona tweeted on Monday: “I have no words to thank you for all your love.

“Yesterday was the best and worst day of my life.

“I know you’d love to see me enjoy this historic moment – that’s why I’ll be with my companions – so wherever you are, know that this star is yours too, Dad.”

Carmona struck 29 minutes into the match at Australia Stadium to hand Spain their first World Cup triumph at the expense of England’s Sarina Wiegman, sparking wild celebrations on and off the pitch.

However, the heartbreaking news of her father’s death was confirmed a few hours later by Real and the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF).

Carmona herself then took to social media to pay tribute, writing: “And before I knew it, I had my star before the game even started.

“I know you have given me the power to achieve something unique.

“I know you’ve been watching me tonight and that you’re proud of me. Rest in peace, Dad.”

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