The sudden death of the Sporting Club de Huelva cadet player shocked the Spanish football community.
Estrella Martin, 14, died suddenly on Wednesday in her hometown of Ayamonte, in southern Spain, according to the club.
According to local media reports, Estrella was having a routine workout on Tuesday before her parents found her unresponsive at her home on Wednesday.
“With deep regret, Sporting Club de Huelva announces the death this morning of our player Estrella Martín Rasco in her native Ayamonte,” the club’s press release reads.
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“Belonging to our lower ranks, a soccer player, in the cadet category and a regular in the invitations of the provincial women’s national team under 15, left us today in her hometown of Ayamonte, leaving a deep sadness for her family, friends and the whole club.”
“When this sad news became known, the club canceled this week’s youth training and the one that the first team was supposed to do today. This week’s lower league matches have also been postponed, and the postponement of tomorrow’s League F match in Sevilla has also been requested,” the club said.
Deep regret at Sporting Club de Huelva for the sudden death of our cadet Estrella Martín
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— Sports Club Huelva (@sportinghuelva) January 25, 2023
“There are no words to comfort family and friends. All my support and strength to them. Fly high, Estrella. You will be the star that always guides us. RIP, kid,” He said Manuela Romero, president of Sporting Huelva.
The entire Spanish football community, including powerhouse Real Madrid, expressed their condolences.
“Real Madrid, its president and the Board of Directors deeply regret the death of Estrella Martín, a cadet of Sporting Club Huelva, and wish to express their condolences and affection to her family, her teammates, her club and her loved ones. Rest in peace,” the club wrote on social media.
Real Madrid, its President and its Board of Directors deeply regret the death of Estrella Martín, a cadet for @sportinghuelva, and wishes to express his condolences and affection to his family, teammates, club and loved ones. rest in peace
— Real Madrid CF (@realmadridfem) January 26, 2023
“From #SevillaFCFem we express our deepest condolences on the death of the player Estrella Martín, sending our condolences to the player’s family and the club, @sportinghuelva. May he rest in peace,” wrote Sevilla FC Femenino.
From #SevillaFCFem We express our deepest condolences for the death of the player Estrella Martín, sending our condolences to the player’s relatives and the club, @sportinghuelva. Rest in peace 🕯️ https://t.co/JlTQZqehvH
— Sevilla FC Women (@SevillaFC_Fem) January 25, 2023
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The news of the young player’s sudden death comes after another young footballer died after suddenly collapsing during a match in Malaga, Spain last month.
Thirteen-year-old Marvelous Onanefe Johnson collapsed five minutes before the end of the clash between CD Puerto Malagueño Ciudad Jardín and UD Prados in the Third Andalusian Children’s League on Sunday, December 11.
The club said at the time: “After several moments of uncertainty for everyone who attended the match and club staff and after attempts at resuscitation by the local police and 061, our player could not be resuscitated.”
Estrella Martín’s death comes after three young soccer players lost their lives suddenly last year.
Promising young soccer player Katie Meyer of Stanford University died at the age of 22 in an apparent suicide on Monday, February 28, 2022.
Then in April 2022, young goalkeeper Dominyka Podziute, a former Newcastle United Women and Hartlepool United Women player, died suddenly at the age of 21.
A few months later, Marvel Simiyu, a young soccer player who played in the Kenyan Women’s Premier League, died suddenly on Tuesday, June 14.