Baniyas winger and UAE international Theyab Awana was killed in a car accident on the Sheikh Zayed Bridge in Abu Dhabi on Sunday.
The 21-year-old was returning home from the national team's camp when his car collided with a truck. His brother, also a passenger, was rushed to hospital, where he is currently in intensive care.
According to local media outlets, Awana, who was granted leave by the national team because of an injury, died on the scene.
Awana was considered one of the country's most talented players, playing an important part in the team's runners-up finish at the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou, China.
He earned international fame with his backheel penalty in UAE's 7-2 friendly win over Lebanon in July, which made him a Youtube sensation.
Such action earned Awana much criticism from then UAE head coach Srecko Katanec, but his successor, Abdulla Misfer, had brought the winger back to the side who are competing in the Asian qualifiers for the 2014 World Cup.