Michael Ballack pays tribute to son Emilio one year after tragic death

‘I remember your light’: Michael Ballack pens an emotional tribute to his son Emilio on one-year anniversary of tragic quad bike accident which killed the 18-year-old on family holiday in Portugal

  • German star Michael Ballack has paid tribute to his son one year after his death 
  • Emilio died last August aged 18 after a quad bike accident on holiday in Portugal 
  • Ballack said ‘I remember your light’, on the first anniversary of Emilio’s passing

Former Germany and Chelsea legend Michael Ballack has paid tribute to his son Emilio one year on from the tragic quad bike crash which killed the 18-year-old in Portugal.

Emilio was on a family holiday in Troia, just south of Lisbon, when his bike tipped backwards and crushed him last August.

The 45-year-old player turned pundit has remembered his son with an image of Emilio, and a short poem about recalling his impact on their family.

Ballack posted on Instagram: ‘My lovable angel, I remember your laugh, happiness and joy..

‘I remember your Light .. with a lots of love , and a lots of emotions, i will pray today for your soul to Rest In Peace ..

‘I will also pray for your brothers With all my Love .. I hold your tight near my heart.’

Michael Ballack has paid tribute to his son Emilio on the one-year anniversary of his death


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The 18-year-old was killed in a quad biking accident while he was on holiday in Portugal  

Emilio, born in 2002, was Ballack’s middle son, with eldest child Louis born in 2001 and youngest Jordi born in 2005.

Sportsmail reported on the tragic accident last year, with the police revealing the incident happened on uneven ground close to the German footballer’s holiday home around 2am.

His was the only vehicle involved in the incident, which did not take place on a public road, and it was his grandmother who raised the alarm.

Firefighters fought to free Emilio from the wreckage, but medics were unable to save him at the scene.

Ballack pictured with his sons Louis, Emilio, and Jordi at the World XI testimonial game in 2013

Ballack married Simone Lambe, the mother of his three children, in 2008, but they divorced four years later.

The midfielder, who retired from the game in 2012, has been hailed as one of the greatest German footballers of all time, earning 98 national caps, and winning the Bundesliga three times.

He also spent four years at Stamford Bridge from 2006 to 2010, making 167 appearances as he helped the Blues to Premier League and FA Cup glory.

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