Kieran Nye, 23, played as a midfielder for Wirral FC – part of a Liverpool Sunday league – and also worked as a bricklayer.
He passed away on Monday, prompting an outpouring of grief from the community.
Kieran leaves behind two-year-old son Cole, described as a “lovely little lad”.
Wirral FC said in a statement: “We’re absolutely heartbroken. Our friend and teammate has tragically passed away.
“We’re sending our love, thoughts and prayers to all of his family and friend at this horrible time.
“We will do you proud Kie every time we play. You will always be with us.”
A spokesman told the Liverpool Echo he was a “tenacious attacking central midfielder”.
The club shared a tearjerking snap of Kieran in his Wirral gear.
Supporter Billy Ormond responded: “Sorry to hear this heartbreaking news.
“Thoughts are with his family and all at Wirral FC.”
“We will do you proud Kie every time we play”
Other clubs left tributes after the tragic news broke.
A Tranmere Rovers spokesman said: “The thoughts of everyone at the Club are with his family, friends and @Wirral_FC at this incredibly sad time.
“If there is anything we can do, please let us know.”
Upton Town Football Club said in a statement: “Terrible news, our thoughts are with Kieran’s family, friends and all at Wirral FC.”