Emilio Ballack, the teenage son of former Germany and Chelsea midfielder Michael Ballack, has died after being crushed by a quad-bike near the family’s holiday home in Portugal, according to reports.
The 18-year-old was involved in the accident in the early hours of Thursday morning, where firefighters tried to rescue Emilio near the Villas do Mar estate.
According to Portuguese TV channel TVI24, the tragedy happened in Troia, a peninsular off the coast of Setubal just south of Lisbon, close to the house of Ballack, who retired as a professional footballer in 2012.
The quad-bike was designed to be used on public roads.
Emilio is one of three children of Germany legend Ballack, who married long-term girlfriend Simone Lambe in 2008 before the couple divorced four years later.
He was born in 2002, a year after their eldest son, Louis, and was three years older than Ballack’s youngest, Jordi.
On July 25, Emilio’s older brother Louis took to Instagram to post about how ‘quads were flipped, ferries were missed, taste buds where explored and injuries were common’ along with pictures of a day him enjoying down downtime in Troia.
Emilio recently posted pictures of his time in Portugal at the weekend, showing pictures of his time at the beach with his family.
The teenager had been spending time at Sublime Beach Club in Alentejo a few days ago – a trendy hangout area near the scene of Thursday morning’s crash.
Ballack is widely regarded as one of the best German players of all time and is a Premier League and FA Cup winner with Chelsea.
Ballack joined the Blues in 2006 after making his name at Bayer Leverkusen and Bayern Munich before spending four years at Stamford Bridge.