Another young, fit professional footballer has tragically passed away this holiday season. 25-year-old Diego Armando Montiel died this weekend as a result of fulminant meningitis. The Argentine checked into intensive care Saturday morning and passed away shortly after.
The young player rose from the lower ranks of Atlético Rafaela and made his professional debut by scoring a memorable goal against Boca Juniors at La Bombonera.
Earlier this year, the midfielder complained about adverse reactions after taking the COVID-19 inoculation.
25 year old Diego Armando Montiel
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Diego Armando Montiel: 25-Year-Old Argentine Footballer Dies Months After Receiving COVID-19 Vaccine https://t.co/xur7mro9OR
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Montiel wrote on his social media this summer that he would “never get vaccinated again,” implying that he suffered from debilitating adverse reactions.
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The COVID World reported:
A Spanish speaker offered us the following translation of his tweet:
“I am at the point of killing myself. I will never get vaccinated again.”
Montiel was admitted to hospital in his hometown of Santo Tomé on Saturday after suddenly falling ill with fulminant meningitis, a high mortality brain condition that causes sudden illness and kills quickly due to fluid pressure on the brain.
His former club, Atlético de Rafaela, announced his death a day later:
“On behalf of Atletico de Rafaela we mourn the passing of Diego Armando Montiel, whom wore our jersey in the lower leagues and the first league.
We will like to express our condolences to the family and we pray for his eternal rest. R.I.P
Montiel played as a midfielder and had made 30 appearances at the highest professional level in Argentina.
Soccer player Diego Armando Montiel (25) passed away
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La Nacion remembered Montiel’s football career:
He had debuted in 2014 in the highest category with the Atlético Rafaela shirt, and in that same year he scored a goal against River at the Nuevo Monumental, in a match for date 13 of the Transition Tournament.
Montiel started at Independiente de Santo Tome, and from there he went to the youth divisions of Atlético de Rafaela, a club with which he made his debut in Primera. He played 33 games in the First Division, with one goal scored, the one mentioned against River, in what was his first match as a starter with the Crema jacket.
Later he was transferred to Juventud Unida de Gualeguaychú, with whom he played the First National tournament. There he participated in eleven games and scored a goal, against Deportivo Morón. After that loan, he returned to Rafaela, but with fewer presences, and then went on to play the Federal Regional Amateur for Bragado FC.