Olga Carmona, who scored Spain’s winner in the Women’s World Cup final, was told after the game that her father had died.
“The RFEF deeply regrets to announce the death of Olga Carmona’s father. The footballer learned the sad news after the World Cup final,” the Spanish FA (RFEF) wrote on social media.
The 23-year-old Real Madrid left-back is Spain’s captain.
“We send our most sincere embrace to Olga and her family in a moment of deep sorrow. We love you, Olga, you are Spanish soccer history,” added the RFEF.
Carmona’s father had been fighting a long illness and died on Friday, Reuters reported.
Spanish media outlet Relevo said Carmona’s family and friends decided not to tell her so she could focus on the final, with her mother and brothers arriving in Australia on Saturday to support her.