Nadia Nadim was supposed to explain and evaluate the World Cup preliminary round match between Denmark and Tunisia on the British television channel ITV. The 34-year-old herself has played 100 international matches for the Danish women's team. But when the game went back to the studio after the final whistle – the game ended 0-0 – some viewers were surprised. Nadim was nowhere to be seen. The moderator only explained that she had to leave the studio urgently.
The footballer later provided clarification on her Instagram account – and revealed a tragic fate. During the live broadcast, she had learned of the death of her mother, who was run over by a truck on her way home from the gym. "Words can't describe what I'm feeling," she wrote alongside a black rectangle. "I lost the most important person in my life. It happened so suddenly and unexpectedly."
The striker remembered her late mother in touching words: "Everything I am, I am through her. I've lost my home and I know that nothing will ever feel the same again. Life is unfair and I don't understand why her and why this way." Her mother, who was 57, was "a warrior" who "fought for every inch of her life".
Nadia Nadim started playing football in Denmark, followed by an international career. Among other things, she stood at the top clubs Manchester City and Paris-St. Germain under contract. She has been playing in the US NWSL league for Racing Louisville FC since last year. She also has a doctorate in medicine.
Sources: Nadia Nadim on Instagram / ITV
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