Rising Guatemalan football star Marcos Menaldo tragically died at 25 years of age after collapsing during a pre-season training session on Monday.
The Deportivo Marquense defender complained of breathing difficulties during the training session alongside his teammates.
Menaldo collapsed on the pitch, and emergency personnel rushed him to a nearby hospital.
Sadly, he passed away shortly after arriving at the medical facility.
NEW – Football star Marcos Menaldo has tragically passed away at the age of 25 after suffering a heart attack in training.https://t.co/78Yn5ZSe5A
— Disclose.tv (@disclosetv) January 4, 2022
BREAKING: Rising Guatemalan soccer star Marcos Menaldo is dead after suffering heart attack during training. Defender for second-division champs Deportivo Marquense was only 25, had complained of breathing difficulties https://t.co/hqOpIcGGKd
— The HighWire (@HighWireTalk) January 4, 2022
Another dead footballer 😔😔😔. Are we allowed to ask yet https://t.co/SMe1pR8GXs
— leilani dowding 🌸 (@LeilaniDowding) January 4, 2022
Fallece el jugador de Deportivo Marquense, Marcos Menaldo.
Se desvaneció durante un entrenamiento y fue trasladado a un centro asistencial. pic.twitter.com/Zl4Fj1HOKP
— Víctor Bolaños (@vichoguate) January 3, 2022
— Jordy Marroquín (@Jordymarro) January 3, 2022
Muere Marcos Menaldo a los 25 años tras sufrir un infarto en un entrenamiento.
¿Qué mueran futbolistas cada semana ha pasado siempre, verdad? pic.twitter.com/tM7ZEhB2hf
— El Abogado Del Diablo 🇪🇸 (@Devils_Iawyer) January 4, 2022
The tragedy occurred at the Marquesa de la Ensenada Stadium where Menaldo received emergency CPR treatment on the pitch in San Marcos before being transferred to the Hospital de Especialidades where he died.
A centre-back by trade, Menaldo was a fan favourite due to his efforts during Deportivo’s successful second division title win last term, crowned Liga de Ascenso champions in December – coincidentally on the same day as Menaldo’s 25th birthday.
The Sun added:
Deportivo club president Hernan Maldonado has spoken of his sadness after Menaldo’s death was confirmed.
Quoted by ESPN, he said: “One does not come out of astonishment.
“A young, dynamic and jovial person, this happens to him.
“It is quite strong and shocking because you lose not only a player, you lose a friend.“God has his plans and his purposes, but unfortunately we have the death.
“It was around 11:00 hours that they called me to inform me that Marcos had fainted in training.
“They transferred him to the assistance centre where they did everything possible.
“But unfortunately, the death was confirmed.”
Menaldo joins a long list of international footballers to suddenly collapse due to cardiac-related issues over the past 12 months.