23-year-old left-back Olga Carmona went through one of the most seminal days of her life on Sunday, but not just because she scored the winning goal in the World Cup final: after the match, she found out that her father had passed away.
Carmona, who plays for Real Madrid and scored the only goal in the World Cup final in the 29th minute of the match, took to Twitter after the game to pay her respects to her late father.
“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,” Carmona wrote on Twitter after the match.
Y sin saberlo tenía mi Estrella antes de que empezase el partido. Sé que me has dado la fuerza para conseguir algo único. Sé que me has estado viendo esta noche y que estás orgulloso de mí. Descansa en paz, papá 🌟❤️🩹 pic.twitter.com/Uby0mteZQ3
— Olga Carmona (@7olgacarmona) August 20, 2023
When a nation wins a World Cup title, a golden star gets added to the federation’s official team crest, which is likely what Carmona is referring to in her tweet.
After opening the scoring in the World Cup final, Carmona lifted her shirt to reveal a message in honor of the mother of her best friend who recently passed away.
After the game, Olga Carmona explains she lifted her shirt after scoring in honor of the mother of her best friend who recently passed away ❤️ pic.twitter.com/Wm3XQMaAK6
— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) August 20, 2023
Carmona clearly has a knack for a clutch goal because, in addition to her game-winner against England in the final, she also scored the winner against Sweden in the semi-finals. Since joining Real Madrid from Sevilla in 2020, Carmona has made 82 appearances for the club and has scored 10 goals.
La Roja earned its first-ever World Cup title courtesy of their 1-0 win over the Three Lionesses in the 2023 World Cup Final. While the match was a long-scoring one, Spain was a certainly worthy winner as they outplayed England in every phase of the game, finishing the match with more possession, passes, shots, and shots on target.
If you want to keep up with Carmona’s life and career, you can follow her over on Instagram, where she currently has over 369,000 followers.