Edwin Van der Sar, the former Manchester United goalkeeper and current CEO of Ajax, has been admitted to a hospital in Croatia after suffering a brain haemorrhage, his former club Ajax confirmed on Friday. The 50-year-old Dutchman was on holiday with his family when he suddenly felt unwell and was rushed to a local hospital, where he underwent emergency surgery. He is now in intensive care and is said to be in stable condition, but his recovery is expected to take time.

Former Manchester United icon Edwin Van der Sar needs intensive care in Croatia after suffering a terrible illness
Former Manchester United icon Edwin Van der Sar needs intensive care in Croatia after suffering a terrible illness

Van der Sar, who played for Manchester United from 2005 to 2011 and won four Premier League titles, one Champions League, and one Club World Cup, is widely regarded as one of the best goalkeepers of his generation. He also played for Ajax, Juventus, and Fulham, and made 130 appearances for the Netherlands national team. After retiring from playing in 2011, he became a director at Ajax and was appointed as CEO in 2016.

Former Manchester United icon Edwin Van der Sar needs intensive care in Croatia after suffering a terrible illness
Former Manchester United icon Edwin Van der Sar needs intensive care in Croatia after suffering a terrible illness

The news of Van der Sar‘s health scare has shocked and saddened football fans around the world, who have expressed their support and well wishes on social media. Many have praised his achievements as a player and a leader, and have highlighted his contributions to Ajax’s recent success in reaching the Champions League semifinals and winning the Dutch league title. Some have also called for more attention to be paid to the health and well-being of football players and officials, who often face physical and mental stress and pressure.

Former Manchester United icon Edwin Van der Sar needs intensive care in Croatia after suffering a terrible illness
Former Manchester United icon Edwin Van der Sar needs intensive care in Croatia after suffering a terrible illness

In a statement, Ajax said: “Ajax is shocked to learn of Edwin’s brain haemorrhage. Our thoughts and prayers are with Edwin and his family. We wish him a speedy recovery and hope to see him back on his feet soon. Edwin is a true Ajax and football legend, and his presence and leadership are invaluable to our club. We are grateful for his contributions both on and off the pitch, and we will support him in any way we can.”

Manchester United also issued a statement, saying: “Everyone at Manchester United is saddened to hear this news about Edwin and we send our best wishes for his speedy and full recovery. Edwin was a fantastic player for us and a true professional, and we are proud to have him as part of our history and family. We will keep him and his loved ones in our thoughts and prayers.”

Former Manchester United icon Edwin Van der Sar needs intensive care in Croatia after suffering a terrible illness
Former Manchester United icon Edwin Van der Sar needs intensive care in Croatia after suffering a terrible illness

The news of Edwin Van der Sar’s brain haemorrhage is a reminder of the fragility of life and the importance of health and well-being. As football fans and players, we should appreciate and celebrate the achievements of our heroes, but also remember their humanity and vulnerability. We wish Edwin Van der Sar a full and speedy recovery and hope to see him back in action soon.

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