Former Barcelona B and Argentina Under-20 winger Maxi Rolon has died aged 27 following a car accident, the Catalans confirmed on Saturday.
Rolon rose through the Barca youth ranks and represented the club’s second team before joining several clubs in South America and the Middle East.
He also played for Argentina in the 2015 South American Under-20 Championship triumph and subsequent World Cup alongside his brother Leonardo, who is currently at Chile’s Deportes Iquique.
Barça pays tribute to Rolon
According to Argentine police reports, Rolon was traveling with his older brother Ariel near Casilda, Santa Fe province, early Saturday morning when their vehicle left the road and hit a tree.
Maxi and Ariel, who played in the regional La Liga tournament Casildense – which suspended its matches on Sunday – died from injuries they suffered in the incident.
“We are shaken by the death of Maxi Rolon (born in 1995), a young player for FC Barcelona between 2010 and 2016,” Barcelona said in a statement posted on Twitter.
“We express our deepest condolences and full support to his family. Rest in peace.”
Rolon played 24 times for Barcelona’s B team, scoring two goals.
After cutting ties with the Catalans in 2017, he went on to play for Brazilian giants Santos before returning to Spain with Lugo, while his career also took him to clubs in his native Argentina, Ecuador and Chile as well as in Iraq, where he represented Al Diwaniya.