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.
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:
Fernando Ricksen's old club Fortuna Sittard unveil a statue of the ex-midfielder as he continues to battle Motor Neurone Disease. An absolute tear-jerker moment 😢 (via @FOXSportsnl) pic.twitter.com/fpLQ6ih5Xj
— talkingbaws.com (@talkingbaws) January 12, 2018
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.”