The wife of a former Chelsea footballer has died suddenly, leaving behind the ace and their two-year-old son.
Lily was married to Mexican star Ulises Davila, who spent four years on the books at Stamford Bridge.
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the 31-year-old now plays for sydney a league team macarthur fc.
was devastated by the passing of his beloved teammate this week, while the football community reached out to comfort him.
macarthur fc said: “we are saddened to learn that ulises dávila’s wife, lily, tragically passed away overnight.
“the club wishes to express its sincere condolences to uli, uli jnr and the entire family during this difficult time.”
the a-league’s official social media account wrote: “everyone in the a-leagues is saddened to hear the tragic news from @mfcbulls that ulises davila’s wife lily passed away overnight “.
several other Australian clubs also posted touching tributes.
attacking midfielder dávila reached the youth ranks of the guadalajara club in his hometown.
He was picked up by Chelsea, signing a five-year deal in West London in 2011 at the age of 20, becoming the first Mexican to join the club.
Davila was sent on loan to Vitesse, Sabadell, Córdoba, Tenerife and Vitoria before moving definitively to Santos Laguna in his homeland in 2015.
It meant that Dávila didn’t make a single appearance on the Blues’ first team.
He considered retiring in 2018, but Lily inspired him to accept a contract with Indian super league team Delhi Dynamos, rekindling his love of football.
Davila told this year’s my football podcast: “At one point I was thinking… if India doesn’t work out, I’ll just retire and I don’t want to know more about football.”
“My wife said, ‘Whatever you want, whatever you need, I’ll follow you or I’ll stay, whatever you want.
“I thought, maybe it’s time to reset and change my whole life. Let’s try again.”
“I said I’m coming and she said ‘perfect’. “I played some games in India and told my wife ‘I can still play’.”
Davila then had two stints in New Zealand with Wellington Phoenix, during which time their son Uli Jr was born in March 2020.
However, travel restrictions and separation meant he couldn’t see his wife or baby except via facetime before they could move in to join him in 2021.
even so, dávila was named league a player of the year for 2020-21, receiving the prestigious johnny warren medal.
The former Mexico youth international added during his time at Wellington: “When you’re on the pitch you don’t think about these things, but during the week you’re more stressed and you think too much, so for sure.” , it affects you.
“Now I can be happy with them and I can focus on football, and not have to worry about many face-to-face calls with them.”
“It’s an amazing feeling and I’m very happy to bring you here. Everything is perfect now, so now I can focus on football.”
He switched to macarthur last year and finished the season as the club’s top scorer and player of the year.
Just two weeks ago, Dávila graced the photos with her individual trophies from this season, smiling alongside Lily at awards night.