Montenegro's national football team goalkeeper Matija Sarkic tragically passes away at the age of 26 while playing for Millwall
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Millwall and Montenegro goalkeeper Matija Sarkic has tragically passed away at the age of 26 after a reported short illness.

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Sarkic fell ill while on duty in Budva.

Montenegrin state-owned TV station RTCG reports that Sarkic had been out with friends before returning to his apartment early.

He reportedly felt unwell around 6 a.m., and despite his friends calling an ambulance, it was too late.

Millwall confirmed the heartbreaking news in a statement: “Millwall football club is completely devastated to announce that Matija Sarkic has passed away at the age of 26.

Millwall mourn No. 1 Matija Sarkic who passed away aged 26 – Getty image

“Sarkic, The Lions’ No1 goalkeeper, made 33 appearances for the club since joining from Wolverhampton Wanderers in August 2023.

“A Montenegro international, Matija proudly represented his country on numerous occasions. Everyone at the club sends their love and condolences to Matija’s family and friends at this immensely sad time.

“The club will make no further comment at this time and asks that the privacy of Matija’s family is respected.”

Sarkic was named man of the match in his last game for Montenegro, making nine saves in a 2-0 defeat to Belgium.

He was also honored as man of the match in Millwall’s final game of the season, a 1-0 w

in over Swansea.

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