Michael Ballack’s son Emilio, 18, ‘is killed in a quad-bike crash while on holiday in Portugal’ 

Emilio Ballack, the teenage son of former Germany and Chelsea midfielder Michael Ballack, has died after being crushed by a quad-bike near the family’s holiday home in Portugal, according to reports.

The 18-year-old was involved in the accident in the early hours of Thursday morning, where firefighters tried to rescue Emilio near the Villas do Mar estate.  

According to Portuguese TV channel TVI24, the tragedy happened in Troia, a peninsular off the coast of Setubal just south of Lisbon, close to the house of Ballack, who retired as a professional footballer in 2012. The quad-bike was designed to be used on public roads. 

Emilio is one of three children of Germany legend Ballack, who married long-term girlfriend Simone Lambe in 2008 before the couple divorced four years later.

He was born in 2002, a year after their eldest son, Louis, and was three years older than Ballack’s youngest, Jordi. 

On July 25, Emilio’s older brother Louis took to Instagram to post about how ‘quads were flipped, ferries were missed, taste buds where explored and injuries were common’ along with pictures of a day him enjoying down downtime in Troia.

Emilio recently posted pictures of his time in Portugal at the weekend, showing pictures of his time at the beach with his family.

The teenager had been spending time at Sublime Beach Club in Alentejo a few days ago – a trendy hangout area near the scene of Thursday morning’s crash. 

Details of his accident have not yet been disclosed.  

Emilio Ballack (left), son of former Chelsea footballer Michael Ballack (right), has died after a quad-bike accident

Emilio Ballack (left), son of former Chelsea footballer Michael Ballack (right), has died after a quad-bike accident

Emilio Ballack (left), son of former Chelsea footballer Michael Ballack (right), has died after a quad-bike accident

Emilio, 18, pictured in his last Instagram post at the family's holiday home just six days before Thursday's accident in Portugal

Emilio, 18, pictured in his last Instagram post at the family's holiday home just six days before Thursday's accident in Portugal

Emilio, 18, pictured in his last Instagram post at the family’s holiday home just six days before Thursday’s accident in Portugal

On July 25, Emilio's older brother Louis took to Instagram to post about how 'quads were flipped' during downtime with friends in Troia, Portugal

On July 25, Emilio's older brother Louis took to Instagram to post about how 'quads were flipped' during downtime with friends in Troia, Portugal

On July 25, Emilio’s older brother Louis took to Instagram to post about how ‘quads were flipped’ during downtime with friends in Troia, Portugal

The 18-year-old was crushed by a quad-bike near the family's holiday home in Portugal, according to reports

The 18-year-old was crushed by a quad-bike near the family's holiday home in Portugal, according to reports

The 18-year-old was crushed by a quad-bike near the family’s holiday home in Portugal, according to reports

Ballack's sons Louis (left), Emilio (second right) and Jordi (right) pose for a picture with their mother Simone (centre left)

Ballack's sons Louis (left), Emilio (second right) and Jordi (right) pose for a picture with their mother Simone (centre left)

Ballack’s sons Louis (left), Emilio (second right) and Jordi (right) pose for a picture with their mother Simone (centre left)

According to Portuguese media, the tragedy happened in Troia, a peninsular off the coast of Setubal just south of Lisbon

According to Portuguese media, the tragedy happened in Troia, a peninsular off the coast of Setubal just south of Lisbon

According to Portuguese media, the tragedy happened in Troia, a peninsular off the coast of Setubal just south of Lisbon

Ballack is widely regarded as one of the best German players of all time and is a Premier League and FA Cup winner with Chelsea.

Ballack joined the Blues in 2006 after making his name at Bayer Leverkusen and Bayern Munich before spending four years at Stamford Bridge.

Ballack made 98 appearances for Germany, scoring 42 goals in the process.

After joining Chelsea for £18million in 2006, Ballack went on to make 167 appearances for the club, scoring 25 goals and registering 24 assists. It was the longest he had spent at a club.

During his time in Germany, Ballack won the Bundesliga three times, along with the DFB-Pokal all in the same year.

During an interview with the Independent in 2009, Ballack revealed how he saw similarities with his own schooling in what was then East Germany.

He said: ‘You had to stand up in school and say some things and stand still, and wear some uniform.

‘Now I come to England and again my kids are in uniform, in a different way but they have to wear uniform. In West Germany you go to school everybody wears their own stuff.’

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Emilio (left), who has an older and younger brother, pictured playing a round of golf with his dad Michael back in 2015

Emilio (left), who has an older and younger brother, pictured playing a round of golf with his dad Michael back in 2015

Emilio (left), who has an older and younger brother, pictured playing a round of golf with his dad Michael back in 2015

Ballack poses for a photo with son Emilio (right) before going on a helicopter ride

Ballack poses for a photo with son Emilio (right) before going on a helicopter ride

The Chelsea legend and Emilio enjoy a day out in Times Square in New York City back in 2019

The Chelsea legend and Emilio enjoy a day out in Times Square in New York City back in 2019

Chelsea icon and Emilio enjoy a day out in New York City in 2019, where they spent some downtime in Times Square (right)

Ballack, pictured with sons Louis, Emilio and Jordi, at the World XI testimonial game at the Red Bull Arena in Leipzig in 2013

Ballack, pictured with sons Louis, Emilio and Jordi, at the World XI testimonial game at the Red Bull Arena in Leipzig in 2013

Ballack, pictured with sons Louis, Emilio and Jordi, at the World XI testimonial game at the Red Bull Arena in Leipzig in 2013

Ballack waves to the crowd at his testimonial as he walks around the pitch with Jordi, Emilio (second left) and Louis in 2013

Ballack waves to the crowd at his testimonial as he walks around the pitch with Jordi, Emilio (second left) and Louis in 2013

Ballack waves to the crowd at his testimonial as he walks around the pitch with Jordi, Emilio (second left) and Louis in 2013

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