Wolfsburg midfielder and Belgium youth international Junior Malanda was killed in a car crash on his way to meet teammates for a training camp on Saturday.
Malanda was a passenger in a Volkswagen Touareg that was traveling toward Hannover when it went off the motorway "for as yet unknown reasons" near Bielefeld in western Germany, police said in a statement.
"The car broke through the right guardrail, hit a tree, and flipped over several times in the embankment. The car came to a stop on its roof. One person was thrown out of the vehicle by the accident and died at the scene," the police said. "This was the 20-year-old Belgian Bundesliga player of VFL Wolfsburg, Bernhard Geoffrey Malanda Adje."
The driver and another passenger, both also 20-year-old Belgians, were seriously injured and taken to nearby hospitals. The motorway was blocked for about two hours.
"The car was totally destroyed in the accident. At the time, there was heavy rain and gale-force winds," the police statement said.