The Spanish star who scored the winning goal against England in Sunday’s World Cup final has offered a tribute to her father who she found out had died after the game.

Olga Carmona’s 29th-minute strike was all that separated the sides in Sydney, securing a 1-0 win.

Carmona, 23, posted her tribute on X (formerly Twitter), writing: “And without knowing it, I had my Star before the game started.

“I know that you have given me the strength to achieve something unique. I know that you have been watching me tonight and that you are proud of me. Rest in peace dad.”

The Spanish FA announced she found out about the death of her father after the full-time whistle.

“We send out most sincere hugs to Olga and her family in a moment of deep pain,” it said on X.

“We love you, Olga, you are the history of Spanish football.”

The Real Madrid star wheeled away in delight when her precise left-footed shot found the corner of Lionesses goalkeeper Mary Earps’s net.

She lifted her shirt to reveal the message “Merchi” on her compression top, which was reportedly a tribute to a friend whose mother recently passed away.

The defender, who scored a late winner in the semi-finals against Sweden, was named player of the match.

Real Madrid said the club’s “condolences and love” were with Carmona, her family and friends.

Sky News


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