Fernando Ricksen, a Dutch defense who was diagnosed six years ago with ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), died on Wednesday at age 43.
The Glasgow Scottish Rangers, a club in which he spent six years and where he enjoyed his best years as a professional, made the news public: «Rangers is deeply saddened to announce that former player Fernando Ricksen died this morning after his battle against the ELA. Everyone's thoughts in Rangers are today with his wife Veronika, his daughter Isabella and all his family and friends ».
Ricksen began his career at the Dutch Fortune Sittard, and from there he was signed by AZ Alkmaar, first, and by the Rangers, later.
After passing through Scotland he went to Russian Zenit, to finish his career again at Fortuna Sittard.
He was 12 times international Dutch, selection with which he debuted in 2000 with Louis Van Gaal on the bench.
On July 28, the date of his 43rd birthday, he announced that he was making his last public appearance due to the advanced state of his illness.
Good wee day for fernandos 43 birthday xx pic.twitter.com/lowDm418O4— Ricksen my friend / pauline (@ broxi63)
July 28, 2019 . (tagsToTranslate) ricksen