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Video: Fernando Ricksen’s Old Club Fortuna Sittard Unveil a Statue in His Honour

Video: Fernando Ricksen’s Old Club Fortuna Sittard Unveil a Statue in His Honour

Fernando Ricksen‘s former club Fortuna Sittard have unveiled a statue in his honour, as he continues his lengthy battle against Motor Neurone Disease.

The ex-Rangers midfielder was diagnosed with the terminal illness in 2013 but has bravely fought it with the support of fans, old team-mates and hoards of well-wishers on social media.

Ricksen made a tremendous impact during his six years as a Rangers player, winning two league titles and eventually earned the Gers captaincy.

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Before the 42-year-old was flying into tackles for the Light Blues though, he burst on the scene with Dutch side Fortuna Sittard, as he lifted the 1994/95 Eerste Divisie.

In a bid to thank Ricksen for his efforts and pay tribute to the character he is and was on the pitch, Fortuna Sittard have built a statue outside their ground in his honour:

 

Speaking at the end of last year, Ricksen revealed that he knows what the outcome will be of his muscle-wasting condition, but is refusing to “waste any time or energy worrying about future.”

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