Tributes have been pouring in after Ray Wilkins tragically passed away yesterday, and while his achievements on the pitch have been a real talking point, one ex-soldier has thanked him for a good deed away from the world of football.
Wilkins, who played for Chelsea, Manchester United, AC Milan, Rangers and QPR, died in hospital yesterday following a cardiac arrest he suffered earlier in the week.
The 61-year-old lifted two league titles in Scotland, a FA Cup and was inducted into the English Football Hall of Fame in 2013.
He was a hugely popular character on the punditry circuit as well, working for Sky Sports amidst spells as a coach at Chelsea, Fulham and Aston Villa.
And it appears the 61-year-old was also well thought of outside the glitz and glamour of Premier League football too, as a former soldier told TalkSPORT this afternoon.
The caller opens up about being homeless and his struggles with a gambling addiction… all of which Wilkins was more than happy to talk about as the pair sat on a piece of cardboard outside Brompton Station.
This is brilliant:
"He was a real, real hero."
Former solider reveals how Ray Wilkins helped him escape a life on the streets.
This is incredible…
— talkSPORT 📻 (@talkSPORT) April 5, 2018
A wonderful tribute to a true gentleman!