Ex-Chelsea star Michael Ballack, 45, 'dating 21-year-old model friend of his late son Emilio’ after quad-bike tragedy | The Sun

FORMER Chelsea star Michael Ballack is reportedly dating a 21-year-old model friend of his late son.

The German, 45, was left heartbroken in August last year when Emilio died in a tragic quad bike accident.

The 18-year-old lost control of the vehicle during a manoeuvre out of the family villa in Portugal and ended up underneath the quad on a public road.

German newspaper Bild is reporting that Michael is dating Sophia Schneiderhan.

She is the daughter of a doctor and has been known to Ballack for some time.

The retired footballer was pictured visiting Art Basel, a fair for Modern and contemporary art, with his much-younger girlfriend.

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The couple seemed very much loved-up and shared a kiss in public.

Sophia works for Louisa Models and has over 54,000 followers on Instagram, where her profile is private.

Ballack's world fell apart last year when he lost his son Emilio.

Efforts to revive the youngster at the scene were unsuccessful and he was declared dead at the location where the accident occurred in Portugal.

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Emilio is one of three children the former Chelsea and Bayern Munich player had with Simone Lambe, the long-term girlfriend he married in July 2008.

They divorced in 2012.

Michael picked Portugal to rest and recover after having a tumour removed from near his spinal cord last year.

The former Chelsea and Germany midfielder had a growth discovered on his body during an MRI examination by doctor, according to Bild.

The early detection proved fortunate for the 44-year-old and the tumour was removed before lab examinations cleared Ballack of any fears the growth was cancerous.

Ballack is widely regarded as one of his country’s greatest-ever players, winning 98 caps.

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He joined Chelsea in 2006 and won the title in his first season at the club.

He left Stamford Bridge after landing a league and cup double in 2010.

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