Chelsea have sent a message of support to Michael Ballack and his family after it was announced his son, Emilio, had died at the age of 18.
Emilio is believed to have died around 2am on Tuesday morning, with Portuguese media – via the Mirror – claiming a quad crash happened in Lisbon, close to one of Ballack’s houses.
Ballack played for Chelsea between 2006-10, winning five major trophies in west London, and the club released a statement on Twitter after the news broke to send their condolences.
It read: “Everybody associated with Chelsea Football Club is shocked and saddened to learn of the death of Emilio Ballack at the terribly young age of 18.
“All our thoughts are with his father Michael and his family at this sad time.”
The Chelsea Supporters’ Trust added: “We are saddened to learn of the passing of Emiliano Ballack.
“The thoughts of the CST board & all our members across the world are with Michael and his family at this difficult time.”
According to the report in the Mirror, efforts to revive the youngster at the scene were unsuccessful and he was declared dead at the spot where the incident occurred.
The teenager’s body has been taken to the Institute of Forensic Medicine in the city of Santiago de Cacem south of the scene of the accident for a post-mortem.