Marcos Menaldo, the defender of the Marquense, lost his life at age 25 after vanishing on the field.
Footballer Marcos Menaldo, from the Marquense club of the first division, the second in the hierarchy of Guatemalan soccer, died this Monday after fainting in a training session for his team, according to several sources.
Menaldo, who turned 25 last December, died after being transferred to a hospital after fainting in his team’s first practice of the year, according to local media and people close to the family.
The athlete worked as a central defender and was part of the title recently won by Marquense as champion of the Apertura 2021 tournament of the first division of Guatemalan soccer.
Menaldo celebrated the title obtained with a shirt of a murdered relative in 2005, according to a publication in the daily Prensa Libre.
The footballer joined the Marquense in 2018 after preparing for three years in Barcelona, although he had already played in his childhood with the lower divisions of the team currently directed by the Guatemalan coach Joaquín Álvarez.
El Marquense, a club from the department of San Marcos, located about 250 kilometers west of Guatemala City, is currently seeking to return to the Major League, the highest category of football in the Central American country that yesterday crowned Malacateco as its new champion.
The circumstances in which Menaldo died have not been disclosed by his club, which has not confirmed his death either. However, local media indicated that the soccer player fainted during training at the Marquesa de la Ensenada stadium in San Marcos.
In 2004, Guatemalan goalkeeper Dany Ortiz died after colliding with another soccer player during a match at Municipal, the club he was defending, and Comunicaciones, in the Guatemalan soccer classic.
Another Municipal footballer, Johnny Aldana, also died during 2001 in a training session for the Guatemala City team, when a movable goal fell on him.