Tributes to Portugal handball keeper Alfredo Quintana following his death at the age of 32

Mikkel Hansen and Nikola Karabatic among those to react to the "terrible news" after FC Porto announce their player died on Friday after suffering a heart attack.

By Alessandro Poggi
Picture by Bertrand Delhomme / Panoramic

Top names in the sport of handball have been paying tribute to Alfredo Quintana, goalkeeper of the Portuguese men's national handball team, who died on Friday (26th February) aged 32.

His club FC Porto released a statement, saying, "Our dearest Alfredo Quintana passed away today.

"You’ll always be remembered as one of ours. A true Dragon. May you Rest In Peace."

They also announced they would be withdrawing his jersey, number 1, in honour.

Quintana, who starred in the recent 2021 World Championships in Egypt, suffered a heart attack on Monday, just before joining a training session at the Dragao Arena, and had been treated in the intensive care unit of the Sao Joao hospital.

Quintana was born in Havana, Cuba and since 2014 had represented the Portuguese national team, making 67 appearances, and leading them to their best performance at the men's Euro Championships with a sixth-place finish in 2020.

The handball community were quick to pay tribute to the player on social media following his death.

Some of the stars of the game posted their condolences, including Mikkel Hansen, who shared a broken heart emoji.

Frenchman Nikola Karabatic said: "Terrible News. All my thoughts to his family and friends," on his Instagram stories.

The International Handball Federation (IHF) posted, "Thank you for the memories, Alfredo."