Lily Pacheco had accompanied the Macarthur FC captain to an awards night two weeks before his death shook the football community.
The wife of Macarthur FC captain Ulises Davila died overnight, with the A-League announcing the devastating news on Monday morning.
“The club would like to express their sincere condolences to Uli, Uli Jnr and the extended family at this difficult time,” Macarthur FC said in a statement.
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Lily Pacheco joined her husband at Macarthur Bulls Medal Night earlier this month, where the Mexican midfielder was named Bulls Player of the Year after finishing the 2021/22 season as top scorer.
Davila’s last Instagram post before his wife’s shocking death was an image of the couple attending the awards party together.
“Awards party,” he captioned the post, which got more than 1,200 likes.
“Thank you to all my team-mates and everyone at the club, it wasn’t the season we wanted but we will come back better and stronger.”
Macarthur finished seventh on the A-League ladder after recording nine wins from 26 appearances in a season disrupted by injury and Covid-19.
Davila signed Macarthur on a three-year contract in 2021, captaining the club in the summer.
The 31-year-old previously shared the Johnny Warren Medal, awarded to the A-League’s best player, with Sydney FC’s Milos Ninkovic in 2020/21 when he represented Wellington Phoenix.
The Australian football community is in shock after Pacheco’s sudden passing, with grief on social media.
The official Brisbane Roar Twitter account wrote: “All of us at Brisbane Roar FC send our deepest condolences. We are sorry to hear this terrible news.”
Former Socceroos defender Robert Cornthwaite tweeted: “Devastating. Condolences to Ulises and his family.
Melbourne FC posted: “Heartbreaking news. Everyone in City sends their condolences.
The couple shared one child together, a two-year-old son, Uli Jnr, who was born in March 2020.
Originally published as Macarthur FC captain Ulises Davila’s last message before the tragic death of his wife