In a story horribly reminiscent of the untimely end of Marc-Vivien Foe only a few short years ago, it has now ben confirmed that Antonio Puerta, the 22 year old rising star of Spanish football, has died following the heart attack or sequence of attacks he suffered playing for Seville over the weekend.
It is always shocking when a story like this breaks. With medical personnel being so skilled and highly trained these days, obvious physical deficiences are spotted at an early age. Training is so regulated that a sportsman’s body is kept in peak condition.
And yet a man so young can still suffer such a sudden tragedy, despite being so careful with diet, drink, and fitness, and with all the care of the best people he could hope to have around him.
It is strange to think that less than a week ago, Arsenal Pies was suggesting Puerta as a signing for the club, such was his talent. It is inconceivable that this has happened.
Descanse En Paz, Antonio Puerta.