SPAIN World Cup hero Olga Carmona paid tribute to her father after finding out he passed away following the final.
Carmona scored the winner as Spain claimed their first-ever Women's World Cup, beating England 1-0.
But Carmona's ecstasy turned to heartbreak after she was informed her Dad had died after the match.
The left-back's father had been fighting a long illness and died on Friday, Reuters reported.
Carmona paid tribute to her father, 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.
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"I know that you have been watching me tonight and that you are proud of me. Rest in peace dad 🌟❤️🩹"
Spanish outlet Relevo claim Carmona's friends and family did not inform her of the news as they did not want to distract her ahead of the match.
Carmona also attended the post-match press conference before being told the tragic news.
There was extra poignancy as she had celebrated scoring by raising her jersey to reveal a tribute to a friend's mother, who had died.
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Carmona, 23, explained the meaning of the “Merchi” message after the game.
The Spanish FA issued a statement to share their sadness at the death of their goal hero's dad.
It read: "The @RFEF deeply regrets to report the death of Olga Carmona's father. The soccer player learned the sad news after the World Cup final.
"We send our most sincere hugs to Olga and her family in a moment of deep pain.
"We love you, Olga, you are the history of Spanish football."
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