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Chelsea legend Michael Ballack’s son Emilio, 18, killed in 2am quad bike crash

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Former Chelsea midfielder Michael Ballack’s son Emilio has reportedly been killed in a quad crash in Portugal. The 18-year-old is said to have passed away in an accident around 2am this morning.

Portuguese media are reporting the tragedy happened in Troia south of Lisbon, close to a house his retired footballer dad purchased years ago.

German Michael Ballack is widely regarded as one of his homeland’s best-ever players, making 98 appearances for his country between 1999 and 2010.

He joined Chelsea in 2006 and won honours in his first season at the club. He left Stamford Bridge after playing part of a league and cup double in 2010.

Michael, who is the only child of engineer Stephan and swimmer Karin, married long-time girlfriend Simone Lambe back in 2008.

They had three children together with Louis in 2001, Emilio in 2002 and Jordi in 2005.

The couple separated in 2012, and he has posted images of them with him on social media.

Emilio is one of three children the former Chelsea and Bayern Munich player had with Simone Lambe, the long-term girlfriend he married in July 2008.

Emilio posted photos of the sun setting on a Portuguese beach over the weekend as well as another snap of Comporta Beach Club, a trendy hangout near the scene of this morning's crash.

The Troia Peninsula, opposite Setubal where Jose Mourinho hails from, is one of the most beautiful coastlines of Portugal with an eight-mile stretch of pristine sands and crystal-clear waters.

The main tourist development of Troia is to the northern tip of the peninsula.

Local reports said the accident that resulted in Emilio losing his life happened near an apartment block known as Villas do Mar.

Firefighters from nearby Gondola are known to have been mobilised. Details of the fatal accident have not yet been made public.

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