Panama’s Historic Top Scorer, Luis ‘Matador’ Tejada, Passes Away at 41

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Luis ‘Matador’ Tejada, the historic Panamanian goalscorer and World Cup winner in Russia 2018, has passed away at the age of 41. He suffered a possible heart attack while playing in a veterans’ soccer league, according to sources close to the player who confirmed the news to EFE.

The incident occurred when Tejada asked for a change and left the game. He then fainted off the field and was taken by ambulance to the Santa Librada polyclinic on the outskirts of Panama City, where he was pronounced dead. Despite being retired since 2019, Tejada remained active in the world of soccer and was participating in a league for veterans over 40 years of age.

Tejada retired from the national team after the World Cup in May 2019, having represented Panama in 108 international matches and scoring 43 goals. His 43 goals make him the top scorer for the Central American red, along with Blas Pérez. Tejada also received individual awards as the top scorer in the Gold Cup and the most valuable player in the tournament where Panama finished as runner-up.

The player also had a successful career in Peruvian football, playing for clubs such as Juan Aurich, Universitario de Perú, Sports Boys, and Pirata FC. He was a champion of the first division in Peru in 2011 and was the top scorer that same year. Tejada also played for Mexican clubs Toluca and Tiburones Rojos de México, as well as Colombian clubs Envigado, América de Cali, Once Caldas, and Millonarios.

The Panamanian Football Federation and the Association of Professional Soccer Players of Panama expressed their condolences for the loss of Tejada. The Federation highlighted his role as a historic scorer for the Panama National Team and his contribution to the country’s football development. The Association praised the legacy Tejada left behind and his influence on inspiring the younger generation.

Tejada’s playing partner in the Panama national team, Blas Pérez, also expressed his disbelief and sorrow over the loss. Additionally, the clubs of the Panamanian Soccer League (LPF) reacted on their networks, mourning the death of the player.

Luis ‘Matador’ Tejada will be remembered as a legendary figure in Panamanian and international football, leaving behind a lasting legacy and an indelible mark on the sport.

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