Brazilian Alex Apolinario died at the age of 24 after suffering a cardiorespiratory arrest that caused him to collapse on the pitch. At the beginning of the year, Apolinario was playing for Alverca, that was competing in the Portuguese third division.
The scary moment happened in the 27th minute of the match but the medical team managed to get his heart beating again after using a defibrillator. Apolinario was then taken to the hospital -- where he was taken into a medically-induced coma -- but unfortunately didn't make it.
"It is with deep sadness that we report, in accordance with the information provided by the medical staff of the Vila Franca de Xira Hospital, the passing by brain death of our athlete Alex Sandro dos Santos Apolinário, this morning," FC Alverca posted on social media.
"FC Alverca Futebol SAD will provide all the necessary support to his relatives. At this time of mourning all of FC Alverca activities are canceled."
Christian Eriksen escaped the faith of Apolinario
During the Euro 2020, Eriksen suffered a cardiac arrest on the pitch but luckily he survived.
After the scary situation, Eriksen wanted answers. “We spoke this morning [Sunday]. He was making jokes, he was in a good mood, I thought he was well,” Eriksen's agent Martin Schoots said. “We all want to understand what happened to him, and he does too: the doctors are making some in-depth tests, but we’ll need some time.
“He was happy, because he understood how much love he has around him. He received messages from the whole world. And he was particularly struck by those in the Inter environment: not just his team-mates who spoke to him in their private chat, but also the fans.
“Christian won’t give up. Him, and his family, want to make sure that everybody receives their thanks. Half the world contacted us, everyone was worried. Now he only needs to rest, his wife and parents are with him.
“Even tomorrow [Monday], he will remain under observation, maybe Tuesday as well. But in any case he wants to support his team-mates against Belgium”. Denmnar's team doctor Morten Boesen said Eriksen was gone.
″[Eriksen] was gone,” Denmark’s team doctor Boesen said. “We did cardiac resuscitation, it was a cardiac arrest. How close were we to losing him? I don’t know but we got him back after one defib, so that’s quite fast."
Eriksen thanked everyone for their support after the scary situation. “Big thanks for your sweet and amazing greetings and messages from around the world,” he wrote in a message tweeted out by Denmark’s soccer federation, along with a photo of a smiling Eriksen giving a thumbs-up. “It means a lot to me and my family."