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4 Jan, 2022 18:51

Footballer dies aged 25 after heart attack in training – reports

Marcos Menaldo complained of having difficulty breathing during training
Footballer dies aged 25 after heart attack in training – reports

A Guatemalan footballer has died after reportedly suffering a heart attack in training on Monday.

Marcos Menaldo plied his trade for Deportivo Marquense in the Central American country.

During their preparations for the new season, however, the defender is said to have complained of having difficulty breathing.

Receiving emergency CPR at the Marquesa de la Ensenada Stadium in the southwestern city of San Marcos, the 25-year-old was transferred to the Hospital de Especialidades where he later passed away.

Club president Hernan Maldonado told ESPN"A young, dynamic and jovial person, [and] this happens to him.

"It is quite strong and shocking because you lose not only a player, you lose a friend," Maldonado continued.

"God has his plans and his purposes, but unfortunately we have death.

"It was around 11:00 [am] that they called me to inform me that Marcos had fainted in training," the president explained.

"They transferred him to the assistance center where they did everything possible. But unfortunately, the death was confirmed."

Compatriot and Sampdoria star Ana Lucia Martinez offered her solidarity to Menaldo's family and expressed her condolences.

Celebrating his 25th birthday on the same day in December that Deportivo won the second division, Menaldo was a key factor in them clinching the title and also once played in Spain. 

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