Croatian footballer dies on pitch – collapsing moments after being hit in chest with ball

A Croatian footballer has tragically died at the age of just 25 after collapsing during a match.

Bruno Boban played for Marsonia in his homeland and was the leading marksman in the third tier.

Medics were quickly on the scene and spent 40 minutes trying to revive him.

With 15 minutes played of Marsoni’s clash with Slavonija Pozega, Boban was hit in the chest with the ball from close range.

Play continued and he appeared fine, before dropping to the ground, before appearing to completely lose consciousness and collapse onto the floor.

Immediately, players from both sides realised the gravity of the situation and called for aid.

Medics tried desperately to resuscitate him, but he was pronounced dead moments later.

His team-mates and opponents struggled to fight back the tears, as they watched the events unfold.

As yet, the exact cause of his death has not yet been explained.

This tragedy comes just three weeks after Fiorentina captain Davide Astori passed away in his sleep before a Serie A match with Udinese.