- Sad news in Italy and Poland as 20-year-old star dies in a fatal car crash
- The Polish attacker played for Serie A youth side Calgiari two years ago
- He currently plays for Polish topflight Olimpia Grudziądz after joining them this summer
Olimpia Grudziądz winger Krystian Popiela has been reported dead according to SunSport.
The 20-year-old was involved in a car crash after losing control of his Volkswagen Passat before ramming into a guardrail in his homeland Poland.
He featured for Italian League U19 side Cagliari on a short term basis in 2016 before joining Wisla Plock.
However, the Serie A giants while paying tribute to their former player said that: "Cagliari Calcio is deeply saddened by this tragic news, rally around the family of the young Krystian Popiela, who died aged just 20.
"Popiela arrived in Sardinia as a 17-year-old, debuting with the Primavera team in January 2016.
"A physically-strong centre-forward, he played 10 times, making an important contribution to our conquest in the playoffs, before continuing his career in his Poland.
"Always smiling during his stay in Sardinia, he was able to win over the affection and affinity of everyone, from his teammates to the directors. Goodbye, Krystian."
This will be the second time Cagliari have lost their star this year after former player Davide Astori's tragic passing.
The then Fiorentina midfielder was just 31 when a sudden illness struck and sent shockwaves around the football world.
Serie A Cagliari are due to play AC Milan on Sunday and are likely to organise some form of tribute.
NAIJ.com earlier reported that Italian football fraternity was thrown into deep mourning on Sunday morning, March 4, following the untimely death of Fiorentina defender Davide Astori.
He was said to have been found dead in his room inside the hotel where he was with Fiorentina ahead of their Sunday's clash with Udinese.
Fiorentina have also confirmed the tragic demise of their captain Davide Astori who passed away suddenly on the eve of his side's trip to face Udinese in Serie A.
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