Exactly three weeks after the football world was thrown into grief following the death of Fiorentina’s Davide Astori, another footballer – Bruno Boban suffered a heart attack and died on the pitch moments after a ball struck him in the chest from close range.
Bruno was 15 minutes into Marsonia’s match against Slavonija Pozega when a player smashed the ball into his chest from close range.
Play continued until Bruno, the Croatian third division’s top scorer (12 goals), suddenly fell to the ground unconscious.
Realising something was horribly wrong, players from both sides rushed to his aid as those on the touchline called an ambulance.
He was pronounced dead after both teams’ coaching staff and paramedics spent 40 minutes trying to resuscitate him.
His team-mates and rivals struggled to fight back tears following the pronouncement.
The Index news website, www.index.hr, reported the cause of death as a heart attack, citing an autopsy.
Boban had played for Slavonija from 2014 to 2016 before he was signed by NK Zagreb. He moved to Marsonija earlier this year.