Luis Tejada was a footballer who played as a striker. In 2018, he made two appearances at the World Cup. At the age of 41, he passed away on 28 January 2024 of a suspected heart attack after a pick-up game in his hometown of San Miguelito. He was named in Panama’s 23-man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, in May 2018.
Meet Luis Tejada Parents
Luis Tejada was born to Rita Hansell and Luis Tejada. From a young age, it was clear that Luis had a passion for soccer. He signed a three-year contract to send him to Al Ain of the United Arab Emirates, in 2005.
His first or paternal surname is Tejada and the second or maternal family name is Hansell. He is a name that carries both the influence of his father’s side and his mother’s side of the family. After the death of Luis in an emotional statement the Panama FA said,
“Historic goalscorer for the Panamanian national team, a decisive factor in qualifying for our first World Cup in 2018 and a synonym for the development and advancement of football in our country. We extend our sincerest condolences to his family and the entire Panamanian football and sports family in general.”
Luis Tejada Early Life
Luis Tejada was born on 28 March 1982 in Panama City, Panama, was a talented striker. Standing at a height of 1.83 meters (6 feet), he had an impressive playing career. His wife name is not known. From always, he maintained a private life.
Glorious Journey of Luis Tejada
Luis Tejada was a professional soccer player who recently agreed to play for Al Ain in the United Arab Emirates for three years.
Before that, he played for América de Cali in Colombia and then moved to Millonarios on another three-year contract. Back in 2015, Tejada faced a distressing incident during a match against Cienciano when he experienced racist abuse from fans and decided to leave the field.
Tejada, a talented soccer player, played a crucial role in leading Panama to the final of the 2005 CONCACAF Gold Cup. His outstanding performance, scoring three goals and becoming the joint top scorer of the tournament, he unfortunately missed his penalty kick during the final against the United States. His impressive contributions earned him the title of Most Valuable Player. He holds the record for being Panama’s all-time leading scorer in history.