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Fabrice Muamba inspires Owen Coyle to launch first aid sessions for coaches

Coyle launches Muamba-inspired project to teach Scottish coaches vital first aid skills

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20:06 GMT, 18 December 2012

Former Bolton manager Owen Coyle has launched a first aid project that could help grassroots players receive the treatment that saved Fabrice Muamba's life.

The Scottish Football Partnership project will teach more than 1,000 coaches in Scotland first aid techniques, including CPR.

Coyle was present when Muamba underwent emergency treatment on the White Hart Lane pitch after suffering a cardiac arrest while playing for Bolton against Tottenham in March.

Fabrice Muamba

Fortunate: Fabrice Muamba survived a potentially fatal incident when he suffered a cardiac arrest while playing

Fighting: Muamba has made a recovery but was forced to retire from football

Fighting: Muamba has made a recovery but was forced to retire from football

And after witnessing the way that treatment allowed Muamba – whose heartbeat was lost for 78 minutes – to make a full recovery, Coyle is keen to help others get that same chance.

Coyle said: 'I was very humbled and delighted to be asked to be involved. I drove up [to Scotland] from England to play such a small part today because it's something that I think is very important.

'There are over a thousand places for people to have this training, and if it helps one kid it's fantastic to have that education and be on hand to help in such a situation.

'There are games going on up and down the country all weekend and there might not be people with the right training to deal with the situation. Hopefully this will help.'

Muamba was consequently forced to retire from professional football at the age of 24 and has himself promoted similar schemes.

Coyle added: 'Fabrice is a tremendous ambassador. He is such an outstanding man, and a very clever lad.

'There will be doors that open for Fabrice and he'll excel at whatever he undertakes. But he knows how important that is.

'He has put himself in many situations to help with similar projects and that's all credit to him.

Owen Coyle

Devastated: A helpless Coyle was forced to watch on in disbelief as Muamba was being treated

'Whatever you ask, Fabrice is only too willing to help. That's his nature, he is a very caring young man.

'He will tell you he is only too thankful for all the help he had from the medical staff. And he is only too willing to help in any respect.'

The course was developed by Hampden's National Sports Medicine Institute whose director Dr John MacLean joined Coyle at the launch on Tuesday.

Tottenham vs Bolton

Horror: Those present could no longer watch as it was feared the midfielder was losing his fight to survive

Dr MacLean, also the Scottish Football Association medical officer, said: 'Nowadays we are pretty well organised medically at the top end in sport but the beauty of this course is it's designed for the parent or the coach or even the athlete.

'We are really keen to see someone at every pitch, every swimming pool and every athletics track with this training.

The launch comes almost five years after Motherwell captain Phil O'Donnell died after collapsing with heart failure in a match against Dundee United.

Dr MacLean believes the new project is another step in trying to prevent similar tragedies.

Phil O'Donnell memorial

Phil O'Donnell memorial

Gone but not forgotten: The 2007 death of Phil O'Donnell while playing for Motherwell has not been overlooked

'The medical team looking after Phil O'Donnell were very highly trained and very competent and Phil had the best of care possible on the pitch and afterwards but still had a tragic outcome,' he said. 'The key is we are broadening this out much wider.

'As well as this course, one of the other initiatives, backed by the Scottish Government and Scottish FA, is a widespread cardiovascular screening programme.

'So every young person, male or female, who is active in sport aged 16 or above can get access to free heart screening.'

The scheme will help coaches involved in semi-professional football as well as the women's, amateur and youth leagues.

Fabrice Muamba lauds Spurs fans on emotional White Hart Lane return

Muamba lauds Spurs fans and looks for closure on emotional White Hart Lane return

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23:13 GMT, 8 November 2012

Fabrice Muamba broke down in tears as he revisited the scene of his horrific cardiac arrest for the first time.

Muamba stunned the football world on March 17 when, while playing for Bolton, he suddenly collapsed off the ball in the first half of their FA Cup tie against Tottenham at White Hart Lane.

The 24-year-old's heart stopped beating for 78 minutes hours but remarkably he made a full recovery after being rushed by ambulance to the nearby London Chest Hospital.

Closure: Fabrice Muamba gestures to the Spurs fans on an emotional return to White Hart Lane

Closure: Fabrice Muamba gestures to the Spurs fans on an emotional return to White Hart Lane

Cardiologist Andrew Deaner also leapt from his seat in the White Hart Lane crowd to aid the stricken midfielder.

And the former England Under 21 international, who has since retired from football, returned to the home of the north London club during their Europa League Group J clash against Maribor.

Muamba emerged from the tunnel at half-time to a huge standing ovation from the home support and went over and pointed to the exact spot where he collapsed nearly seven months ago.

Touched: Muamba was moved by the occasion and by the warmth received at White Hart Lane

Touched: Muamba was moved by the occasion and by the warmth received at White Hart Lane

He then dabbed away tears before addressing the crowd. Struggling to get his words out, an emotional Muamba said: 'I can't express… All I can say is thanks to the Tottenham fans the way they reacted (when he collapsed).

'There are people out there who prayed for me. I want to thank the chairman, and to all the Spurs fans. I am grateful to them. They are awesome fans.'

Muamba's collapse caused a huge outpouring of sympathy from leading figures within the game.

Composing his thoughts: Muamba prepares to return to the site of his cardiac arrest

Composing his thoughts: Muamba prepares to return to the site of his cardiac arrest

Composing his thoughts: Muamba prepares to return to the site of his cardiac arrest (left) before walking on the pitch

He has spent his recent time writing an autobiography and has also been trying to raise awareness about heart problems.

'We just want to raise money so everyone has their heart checked,' he added. 'Today I wanted to visit that place one more time for closure.'

Andre Villas-Boas was glad to see Muamba had recovered from the collapse.

Anxious moments: Bolton players show their concern as medics attend to Muamba in March

Anxious moments: Bolton players show their concern as medics attend to Muamba in March

The Tottenham manager wrote in his programme notes: 'I would like to extend a special welcome here this evening to Fabrice Muamba.

'What happened to Fabrice at this stadium eight months ago has obviously changed his life forever.

'Everyone in the game and the wider footballing world was delighted to see him make a full recovery. We are thrilled to have him here tonight and I would like to wish him the very best for the future.'

Fabrice Muamba: I have come to terms with the fact that I will never play professional football again

I have come to terms with the fact that I will never kick a ball again, admits Muamba

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14:09 GMT, 3 November 2012

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UPDATED:

14:11 GMT, 3 November 2012

Fabrice Muamba says he has come to terms with the fact that he will never play professional football again.

Muamba earned plaudits from leading figures within the game for his determination to return to action following an on-pitch cardiac arrest in Bolton's FA Cup tie at Tottenham in March.

The 24-year-old had a pacemaker fitted to help ease the pressure on his heart, but he retired in August upon doctors' advice.

Reality: Fabrice Muamba

Harsh reality: Fabrice Muamba

Muamba admits quitting the game was hard, but the former Bolton man, who has gained huge notoriety since his collapse, concedes he has accepted the fact that he will never kick a ball in anger again.

'I've already adjusted myself to the idea that I'm never going to be able to kick a ball again but life brings different challenges,' Muamba told the BBC's Football Focus.

'When I first came to the country football was the only thing I ever knew.

'I'm sure I'm not the only professional who won't be playing football for a very long time who has to adjust in their life after football.

'You just have be able to make sure you enjoy the game but you also have to able to accept the fact your time is up and move forward to a different direction.'

Muamba, who is originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo but represented England's Under 21 side 33 times, spent a month in London's Chest Hospital after being rushed there immediately after collapsing on the turf off the ball at Spurs' north London home.

The pacemaker, and the treatment he received at the hospital, have enabled him to make a good recovery.

'I still have a bit of damage on my left ventricle but I'm getting better every single day,' Muamba said.

'The pacemaker now and again kicks in just to make sure the heart rate for me is normal and hopefully it gets better every single day.'

International honours: Muamba won 33 England Under 21 caps

International honours: Muamba won 33 England Under 21 caps

Since he retired Muamba has flown across the world in his attempt to publicise heart problems in young men.

He has also got married and has written an autobiography, which is out next week.

His collapse caused an outpouring of sympathy from leading figures within the game and he is grateful for all the support he has received since that day in March.

'I'm just grateful for all the professional people that have come up against me have supported me,' Muamba said.

'It just shows when football gets together you can produce this sort of response.'

Fabrice Muamba: I want to work for FIFA

Muamba eyeing up FIFA role with former Bolton star to meet with president Blatter

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UPDATED:

22:44 GMT, 10 October 2012

Former Bolton midfielder Fabrice Muamba is hoping he could be offered a job with FIFA when he meets president Sepp Blatter next week.

The 24-year-old was forced to retire from football after suffering a cardiac arrest during a match at Tottenham in March and is still yet to decide where his future lies.

He believes he is too impatient to become a manager and also claimed watching football can lead to him getting 'very frustrated'.

FIFA role: Fabrice Muamba, pictured with Brazilian World Cup-winner Ronaldo, will meet Sepp Blatter next week

FIFA role: Fabrice Muamba, pictured with Brazilian World Cup-winner Ronaldo, will meet Sepp Blatter next week

But a job with the sport's governing body could be on the cards after Muamba revealed he has been offered a chance to speak to Blatter next week.

He said: 'Funnily enough I have a meeting with Sepp Blatter this time next week. Hopefully he can get a job for me.

'I've been told he's invited me to Zurich and hopefully we can sort something out. I don't know [what], I have to go and see what happens. I will go and see him. Some time next week I have to fly to Zurich.'

Setting out his stall: Muamba said watching football can be a frustrating experience

Setting out his stall: Muamba said watching football can be a frustrating experience

One role that Muamba will definitely be undertaking is an ambassadorial position with the Trotters as he fulfils the length of his original contact at the Reebok Stadium.

'I've been told that in the last year of my contract, which is next season, I will be working as an ambassador of the club,' he said.

'I just hope I do a good job there and then we will see what happens. That was already written into my contract.

'I had a choice but I said it's fine, we could leave it how it was and then we will see.'

Ambassadorial role: Muamba will continue to work for Bolton

Ambassadorial role: Muamba will continue to work for Bolton

Ronaldo: Brazil will struggle to win World Cup in 2014

Brazil win the World Cup Not likely! Ronaldo cool on hosts' hopes of sixth title

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UPDATED:

12:00 GMT, 10 October 2012

Brazil legend Ronaldo is convinced his country will put on a great show at the World Cup in 2014, but doubts they can lift the title a record sixth time.

Fears were mounting over the countries' readiness to hosts the competition with the building of stadia and facilities seemingly behind schedule.

Ronaldo moved to quell those fears, but has revealed he believes the chances of the hosts nation lifting the cup on July 13 are slim.

Pleased to meet you: Ronaldo greets Fabrice Muamba at Stamford Bridge

Pleased to meet you: Ronaldo greets Fabrice Muamba at Stamford Bridge

He said: 'I'm sure we will be able to look back with pride and know that we organised the best World Cup of all time.

'The organisation, of course, has to be perfect. It will be perfect. We will guarantee it will be perfect.'

He added: 'We have the worst FIFA ranking ever in history,' he said. 'It is a difficult moment for the national team.

'However, we will be playing at home. This will be added incentive, it will be motivation. I think it will have a positive impact.

'Otherwise, I will be playing again!'

Ronaldo was at the Leaders in Football Summit at Chelsea's Stamford Bridge stadium where he met former Bolton midfielder Fabrice Muamba.

FIFA have taken the opportunity at the event to pledge to keep empty seats to a 'strict minimum' at the the next World Cup.

Fear not: Ronaldo has allayed any fears Brazil will not be ready

Fear not: Ronaldo has allayed any fears Brazil will not be ready

Fear not: Ronaldo has allayed any fears Brazil will not be ready

This year’s London Olympics and European Championships in Poland and Ukraine were both dogged by no-shows in arenas that were meant to be sold out.

FIFA admit it is impossible to eradicate the problem completely but are confident they will have systems in place at Brazil 2014 to avoid similar embarrassment.

FIFA’s marketing director Thierry Weil said: 'Empty seats is always a huge topic.

'We are implementing new initiatives, we are implementing new resale platforms.

'There will always be no-shows – as we call it – in the ticketing world, people who, last minute, will not come to the stadium for certain reasons.

'But we will do our maximum to reduce that to a strict minimum.'

He added: 'We are concerned by no-shows, that is clear. Because it does not look good and it especially does not look good if you announce to the world that you have no tickets, then you see on TV that you have a lot of empty seats.'

Repeat performance Ronaldo lifted the cup in 2002

Repeat performance Ronaldo lifted the cup in 2002

Weil confirmed FIFA were revamping the official resale website they used at the last World Cup, something which would allow tickets to be reallocated as late as the day of a game – helped by the fact no physical ticket will be issued until matchday in any event.

One of the biggest complaints from the Olympics was the no-show of event sponsors, leading to large blocks of empty seats in highly-visible locations.

Weil said commercial partners would have to provide a list of names of individual attendees 'two or three days in advance, so they cannot just say the people will come and then nobody comes'.

He added: 'The tickets will only be handed over the day of the game to the people, so you can reallocate tickets to different people, even in the sponsor families.'

Weil was confident the new system would be up and running in time for next summer’s Confederations Cup.

He also vowed FIFA would do everything possible to make ticket prices 'extremely fair'.

'We try to have this World Cup open to everybody, in Brazil, and around the world,' he added, confirming the precise pricing structure would be announced on November 8.

Weil defended the format of the tournament, which will see teams travel all around Brazil, something that could prove very expensive for travelling fans.

He was also vowed the country would be ready to host the tournament, pointing out every event had problems in the build up.

'At certain stages, there will be some wake-up calls,' he said. 'At certain stages, there will be some delays. At certain stages, there will be negative things from different people.

'But, Brazil will be ready.'

Fabrice Muamba devastated after Owen Coyle sacked by Bolton

Muamba devastated after Coyle exits Bolton and urges successor to deliver promotion

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12:35 GMT, 10 October 2012

Former Bolton midfielder Fabrice Muamba has said he was 'devastated' to see Owen Coyle lose his job and believes whoever replaces him has to get the club promoted back to the Premier League.

The Trotters have struggled since relegation to the second tier and lie 18th after collecting a mere 11 points from 10 matches.

Such form saw Coyle sacked after nearly three years at the Reebok Stadium helm – a move Muamba was sad to see.

Sad times: Muamba has revealed his disappointment at Coyle's exit

Sad times: Muamba has revealed his disappointment at Coyle's exit

The midfielder was forced to retire from football after suffering a cardiac arrest while playing for Bolton in March, with Coyle praised for his support in the aftermath.

Doctors revealed that the 24-year-old's heart had stopped beating for 78 minutes, but he was eventually stabilised and went on to make a recovery which some described as 'miraculous'.

'Owen was very supportive to me and I am grateful for that,' Muamba said.

'If you look at the start of the season, the guys have not been playing particularly well and the results have not been up to the standards we thought with the players we've got in the team.

'I was obviously devastated to see he was going but I am sure the club and the chairman will bring someone in to get promoted because we need to get promoted.

'In football you make changes and sometimes that's good, sometimes it's bad. We just have to wait and see how the club react.

Life saver: Coyle was there for Muamba when he came close to losing his life last March

Life saver: Coyle was there for Muamba when he came close to losing his life last March

'Football is results game and you get paid and picked if you play well. If you don't, you get out the team. For players it is the same as a manager. You stay in the job as long as the boys are performing for the team.

'I can understand exactly where the club came from, but at the end of the day he did a great job for the club and I am grateful to him.'

Muamba was speaking at the Leaders in Football conference at Stamford Bridge, where he was presented with a Brazil shirt by Ronaldo.

He was coy when asked about his own future in the game and is just enjoying some time off.

'I have just been enjoying life, spending time with my family,' Muamba said.
'I am writing a book at the moment, which will hopefully be out in November.

'I have been travelling as well but I never watch much football because I get really frustrated. As a professional, you get frustrated not being involved.

'I have been spending time with family, friends and catching up with a lot of people. Doing things I wasn't able to do when I was playing. I have time to do it now.'

Asked about moving into management, he said: 'Regarding coaching, I'm too impatient. I would like to be involved in football in some shape or form.'

Twitter trouble for footballers – a short history

You twit! Cole joins long list of footballers who have fallen foul of Twitter

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UPDATED:

21:30 GMT, 5 October 2012

Ryan Babel, January 2011

The Liverpool winger was fined 10,000 by the FA for posting a picture of referee Howard Webb in a Manchester United shirt following his side’s FA Cup exit at Old Trafford.

'And they call him one of the best referees That’s a joke,' Babel wrote. He later apologised and manager Kenny Dalglish said the Dutchman wasn't 'clever enough' to have drawn the image himself.

Reffing hell: Ryan Babel tweeted a mock-up of Howard Webb in a United shirt

Reffing hell: Ryan Babel tweeted a mock-up of Howard Webb in a United shirt

Carlton Cole, April 2011

The West Ham striker was fined 20,000 by the FA for inflammatory tweets during England’s friendly with Ghana.

'Immigration has surrounded the Wembley premises! I knew it was a trap! Hahahaha,' said Cole. 'The only way to get out safely is to wear an England jersey and paint your face with the St George’s flag!'

Cole later deleted the tweet and said it was a 'joke'.

Darron Gibson, April 2011

Perhaps encouraged to join the site by team-mates Rio Ferdinand and Wayne Rooney, the Irish midfielder set up an account. Two hours later he had shut it down without a single tweet, unable to deal with a torrent of abuse.

All in a twit: Rio Ferdinand

All in a twit: Rio Ferdinand

One read: '@dgibbo28 hasn't tweeted yet. Seems somewhat fitting after the countless anonymous performances we've seen from the “footballer”.'

Liam Stacey, March 2012

The 21-year-old Swansea student was jailed for 56 days after pleading guilty to racially aggravated harassment in the moments after Fabrice Muamba’s heart attack on the White Hart Lane pitch during a Spurs-Bolton game.

Stacey tweeted: 'LOL [Laughing out loud], F*** Muamba. He’s dead!!! #haha.' He responded to criticism of that message with more racist tweets.

Wayne Rooney, June 2012

England's striker and Jack Wilshere were censured for passing off an advert for Nike as a personal comment on their Twitter accounts.

The Advertising Standards Authority banned any repeat of the tweets and warned the sports firm. To his 4.37m followers, Rooney tweeted: ;My resolution — to start the year as a champion and finish it as a champion.'

Rio Ferdinand, August 2012

Ferdinand escaped a ban but was handed a 45,000 fine for a tweet aimed at Ashley Cole. The Chelsea player gave evidence in support of John Terry, prompting the Manchester United defender to post a follower's suggestion: 'I hear you fella! Choc ice is classic hahahahahaha!!'

'Choc ice' is a slang term meaning black on the outside and white on the inside.

Fabrice Muamba told career is over after heart attack

Muamba's career is over as Bolton midfielder quits after advice from heart doctor

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UPDATED:

12:54 GMT, 15 August 2012

Fabrice Muamba has retired from professional football after being told by doctors he has no hope of resurrecting his playing career.

The Bolton midfielder 'died' for 78 minutes on the pitch at White Hart Lane after suffering a cardiac arrest during an FA Cup match in March this year.

More to follow.

Miracle recovery: Bolton's Fabrice Muamba suffered a heart attack in March

Miracle recovery: Bolton's Fabrice Muamba suffered a heart attack in March

Fabrice Muamba to have minor operation

Muamba career still in the balance with Bolton star to have fresh operation

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UPDATED:

06:05 GMT, 9 August 2012

Fantasy football 2012

Fabrice Muamba has been told he needs more heart surgery if he is to have any hope of resurrecting his playing career.

The Bolton midfielder is in Belgium for specialist treatment, five months after he 'died' for 78 minutes on the pitch at White Hart Lane during an FA Cup match.

The 24-year-old visited leading cardiologist Pedro Brugada in the hope of being told he will one day play football again.

Hoping for more: Fabrice Muamba is desperate to resume his playing career

Hoping for more: Fabrice Muamba is desperate to resume his playing career

While there has been no definitive answer, according to the Mirror newspaper, Muamba is expected to have 'a minor but necessary procedure' on Thursday.

Ahead of the operation, the former England Under 21 international's girlfriend Shauna took to Twitter.

She said: 'Thank you guys for the support if it is Gods will @fmuamba will play again even better and stronger than before. Faith can move mountains.'

She later added: 'For all your kind words thank you so much @fmuamba and I really appreciate it. Promise to update at the end of the week xx.'

Recovery: Muamba 'died' for 78 minutes during an FA Cup match at Spurs

Recovery: Muamba 'died' for 78 minutes during an FA Cup match at Spurs

Speaking in an interview with Piers Morgan on American news channel CNN, Muamba recently revealed he had enjoyed a 'kickabout' with players including Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson and Sunderland's Kieran Richardson during a recent visit to Dubai.

He said: 'I was on holiday and I was staying in a hotel and there were quite a few footballers in the hotel as well. The staff of the hotel usually play against the visitor so I was by the pool and I heard they were playing football.

'Then I went across and saw other footballers playing and I told my friends and Shauna – I told her “I am sorry but I am going to play football”. She goes “are you sure” and I say “yes” and I just went in there.'

Fabrice Muamba hopes to play football again

Never say never! Recovering Muamba hopeful of restarting his career

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12:08 GMT, 4 June 2012

Bolton Wanderers midfielder Fabrice Muamba has not ruled out the possibility of returning to play professional football as he continues his remarkable recovery from a cardiac arrest.

Muamba collapsed whilst playing in a FA Cup tie against Tottenham Hotspur on March 17 and his heart stopped for 78 minutes.

However, the 24-year-old's stunning recovery after regaining consciousness allowed him to be discharged from hospital a month later and he was invited to take part in a short ceremony at the Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday, prior to kick-off in a charity match between Real Madrid and Manchester United legends.

Zidane and Muamba

Carlos, Muamba and Hierro

Stars: Fabrice Muamba with Zinedine Zidane (left), Roberto Carlos and Fernando Hierro after he appeared as a guest of honour at a charity match between Manchester United and Real Madrid legends

Muamba told AS: 'I am happy to be here and the fact is I continue to feel fine. I am improving slowly but surely.

'At the moment I am not doing
exercise, I am just enjoying life and travelling. It is a great
privilege to be able to live with the assistance of a respiratory
machine or something like that. It is fantastic.

'I am making small steps every day. I
am still being medicated and we will see what happens. I have to
co-ordinate with my doctor and see what he says but I'll never say
never.'

The former England Under-21 international also spoke of his recollection of the day he collapsed.

'The only thing I remember about the
game is running back and falling,' he said. 'I felt dizzy whilst I was
moving back, very dizzy.

Fears: Muamba collapsed on the pitch at White Hart Lane during an FA Cup match in March

Fears: Muamba collapsed on the pitch at White Hart Lane during an FA Cup match in March

'It was a strange sensation, I felt
like I was running inside someone else's body and then I fell. My head
hit the ground twice and I lost consciousness. I was dead.

'I didn't feel pain in my body or my
head. I didn't feel anything. That happened on the Saturday and I didn't
wake up until the Monday.

'I have never watched the video
because I am not yet ready. Now I intend to enjoy life. It is a miracle
that I can do things like travel. It is a miracle because I shouldn't
even have lived, so everything that comes now is a bonus.'

Support: Football united behind the stricken star, and he has since been guest of honour at numerous sporting events around the world

Support: Football united behind the stricken star, and he has since been guest of honour at numerous sporting events around the world

Support: Football united behind the stricken star, and he has since been guest of honour at numerous sporting events around the world

The day after Muamba's collapse, Real
Madrid players took to the field for their game against Malaga with
messages of support printed on T-shirts and he is especially thankful
for the support he received from the football community worldwide.

'When I was in hospital Madrid sent
me a shirt signed by all the players and it was a gesture I appreciated a
lot,' he said. 'Barcelona also sent me a shirt signed and dedicated by
(Lionel) Messi.

'I never thought I would get to step on this pitch. To do so in this manner is an honour.

'It is the first time I have been to
the Bernabeu and to do so surrounded by some of the best players ever, I
don't have the words to describe it. All the support I have received
gives me strength.'

Still got it: Zidane acrobatically controls the ball during the Legends game

Still got it: Zidane acrobatically controls the ball during the Legends game