Emanuel Ortega suffers fatal football injury

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21-year-old Argentine footballer Emanuel Ortega passed away early on the morning of 14 May after suffering a serious head injury.

The youngster was playing in a fifth-tier Argentine football match when he went flying into a concrete block head first.

Players immediately called for assistance, and Ortega was quickly rushed off to hospital. He spent 10 days in hospital, requiring surgery on a double skull fracture.

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Nearly two weeks after the incident, Ortega has sadly passed away. 

The San Martin de Burzaco manager,Critstian Ferlauto, said: "He has a serious trauma to the skull and there is a worrying amount of blood."

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Ferlauto also said how the opposition player who made the challenge had "no intent" of hurting Ortega.

A social media post from Ortega has been found from almost three years ago. It's heart-breaking to read, but sums up the players passion for the game.

"Perhaps I won't ever play football professionally," Ortega wrote on July 3, 2012. "Maybe I will, or maybe as an amateur, but when I go for each ball I am going to die, when my legs say STOP, my heart says CONTINUE.

"The difference between me and professionals is that when my boots break, I don't change them, I spent all night tidying them up and gluing them back together so I can play again because it is what I love.

"Football is my LIFE, not only a past-time, it is what makes me forget everything else, and I will give my life for it. The day that I can't play anymore, that is where my life ends."

It is a tragic loss for the world of football, at Argentine football will postpone games as a mark of respect to the young footballer.

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