Former Chelsea star Michael Ballack, 45, “is dating a 21-year-old model, a friend of his late Emilio”, and the couple became close after an 18-year-old died in an ATV tragedy in Portugal last year.
- Former Chelsea star Michael Ballack is dating a model, a friend of his late son
- Ballack and girlfriend-model Sofia Schneiderhan, 21, spotted at a stop at Art Basel
- The duo is believed to have grown closer after the death of Emilio Balac last year
- 18-year-old Emilio Balac died in an accident on an ATV in Portugal on August 5, 2021.
Former Chelsea star Michael Ballack is believed to be dating a 21-year-old friend of his deceased son Emilio less than a year after an 18-year-old died in an ATV tragedy in Portugal.
The 45-year-old Balak was spotted while visiting Art Basel, a contemporary art fair, along with his model girlfriend Sofia Schneiderhan, 21.
The couple, who became close after the fatal accident with Balak’s son, looked in love and were seen kissing in public, German edition Picture reported.
This is not the first time the couple has been seen together after being seen in the fashionable district of Berlin.
It comes less than a year after Balac’s son Emilio was killed when his The ATV overturned and crushed him as he reversed and lost control after a family barbecue at the Portuguese holiday home of Balac.
Emilio was the middle of Balak’s three sons, born in 2002 to then-girl Simona Lambe, whom Balak married in 2008 but divorced in 2012.
Members of the duo told Bild that they believed the relationship was good for Balak and that the couple did not seem to be concerned about the 24-year age difference.
Neither Balak nor Schneiderhan immediately responded to MailOnline’s request for comment.
Former Chelsea star Michael Ballack is believed to be dating Sofia Schneiderhan, a 21-year-old girlfriend of his late Emilio, less than a year after an 18-year-old died in an ATV tragedy in Portugal.
An 18-year-old man was reportedly crushed by an ATV near a family holiday home in Portugal.
Schneiderhan, who became close to Balak after his son’s fatal accident, looked loved and was spotted kissing a former Chelsea footballer in public
At the time, police said Balak was driving on an uneven piece of land when the bike rolled back and fell on him around 2am on August 5 at the family estate Villas do Mar, near the city of Troy, south of the capital, Lisbon.
Firefighters had to pull him out of the wreckage before medics tried to revive him, but their efforts proved futile and he was pronounced dead at the scene.
“The accident happened at the family home. The ATV was not on a public road and was the only vehicle, ”the officer told Portuguese media.
The Portuguese daily Jornal de Noticias reported that Emilio was leaving the property on his ATV when he had a fatal accident.
Sons Balac Louis (left), Emilio (second right) and Jordi (right) pose for a photo with their mother Simona (center left)
18-year-old Emilio is pictured (left) in his latest Instagram photo uploaded before the crash, and (right) in another photo where he shows it on graduation day
It is believed that he lost control of the car during a maneuver from the family villa and found himself on a public road with an ATV on it after the fall, the newspaper reported. It is said that his grandmother raised the alarm.
Sources said Emilio was hosting a family barbecue at the villa earlier in the evening. He rested there with his father, two brothers and Mikhail’s parents.
The teenager’s body was taken to the Institute of Forensic Medicine in Santiago de Casem for posthumous examination. Balak has not yet given any official comments.
According to Portuguese media, the tragedy took place in Troy, a peninsula off the coast of Setubal south of Lisbon
Emilio (left), who has an older and younger brother, in 2015 plays golf with his father Michael
Balak, pictured with sons Louis, Emilio and Jordi, at the World XI testimony match at the Red Bull Arena in Leipzig in 2013