German ex-Chelsea star Michael Ballack, 45, ‘is dating model friend, 21, of his late son Emilio’
German ex-Chelsea star Michael Ballack, 45, ‘is in a relationship with his late son Emilio’s 21-year-old model boyfriend’ a year after the 18-year-old was killed in a quad bike tragedy in Portugal
- Former Chelsea star Michael Ballack is in a relationship with late son’s model friend
- Ballack and model friend Sophia Schneiderhan, 21, seen at the Art Basel stop
- Duo would have come close after Emilio Ballack’s death last year
- Emilio Ballack, 18, was killed in a quad bike accident in Portugal on August 5, 2021
German former Chelsea star Michael Ballack is said to be in a relationship with a 21-year-old boyfriend of his late son Emilio, less than a year after the 18-year-old was killed in a quad bike tragedy in Portugal.
Ballack, 45, was spotted visiting Art Basel, a modern and contemporary art fair, with his model girlfriend Sophia Schneiderhan, 21.
The couple, who came close after Ballack’s son’s fatal accident, appeared in love and were seen kissing in public, German outlet picture reported.
It’s not the first time the couple has been seen together after they were spotted in a trendy area of Berlin.
It comes less than a year after Ballack’s son, Emilio, was murdered when his… quad fell backwards and crushed him as he backed up and lost control of the wheel after a family barbecue at Ballack’s Portuguese holiday home.
Emilio was the middle of Ballack’s three sons — born in 2002 to then-girlfriend Simone Lambe, whom Ballack would marry in 2008 but divorce in 2012.
Friends of the duo told Bild that they believed the relationship was good for Ballack and that the couple didn’t seem to mind the 24-year age difference.
Neither Ballack nor Schneiderhan immediately responded to MailOnline’s request for comment.
German former Chelsea star Michael Ballack is said to be in a relationship with Sophia Schneiderhan, a 21-year-old friend of his late son Emilio, less than a year after the 18-year-old was killed in a quad bike tragedy in Portugal
The 18-year-old was crushed by a quad bike near the family’s holiday home in Portugal, according to reports
Schneiderhan, who came close to Ballack after his son’s fatal accident, appeared in love and was seen kissing the former Chelsea footballer in public
Police said at the time that Ballack had been riding on an uneven patch of land when the bike rolled backwards around 2 a.m. on Aug. 5 and fell on top of him at the family’s Villas do Mar estate, near the town of Troia, just south of the capital, Lisbon.
Firefighters had to pull him out of the wreckage before medics tried to resuscitate him, but their efforts were in vain and he was pronounced dead at the scene.
The accident happened at the parental home. The quad was not on a public road and it was the only vehicle involved,” an officer told Portuguese media.
The Portuguese daily Jornal de Noticias reported that Emilio was backing out of the site on his quad bike when he suffered his fatal accident.
Ballack’s sons Louis (left), Emilio (second from right) and Jordi (right) pose for a photo with their mother Simone (center left)
Emilio, 18, is pictured (left) in his latest Instagram photo uploaded before the accident, and (right) another photo showing him on his graduation day
He is believed to have lost control of the vehicle during the maneuver out of the family villa and after a fall on a public road ended up with the quad on top of him, the newspaper reports. His grandmother would have sounded the alarm.
Sources said Emilio had enjoyed a family barbecue at the villa earlier in the evening. He was there on vacation with his father, two brothers and Michael’s own parents.
The teen’s body has been taken to the Institute of Forensic Medicine in the city of Santiago de Cacem for an autopsy. Ballack has not yet made an official comment.
According to Portuguese media, the tragedy took place in Troia, a peninsula off the coast of Setubal just south of Lisbon
Emilio (left), who has an older and younger brother, was pictured playing a round of golf with his father Michael in 2015
Ballack, pictured with sons Louis, Emilio and Jordi, during the 2013 World XI testimonial match at the Red Bull Arena in Leipzig