Former Netherlands goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar is in stable condition in intensive care after being hospitalized with bleeding on the brain, his former club Ajax confirmed on Friday.
Van der Sar, 52, was on holiday in Croatia when he fell ill and was taken to hospital. Ajax said in a statement that he was “currently in hospital in the intensive care unit and is in a stable condition.”
Annemarie, Van der Sar’s wife, suffered a cerebral hemorrhage in 2009 while he was a player at Manchester United. However, she made a full recovery.
The Ajax statement said that the Van der Sar family was “grateful and deeply touched by the many messages of support.”
Van der Sar is one of the most successful goalkeepers in Dutch football history. He won the Champions League with Ajax in 1995 and the Premier League with Manchester United in 2008. He also played for Juventus and Fulham during his career.
Van der Sar retired from playing in 2011 and became a director at Ajax. He resigned from that role in 2022.
The news of Van der Sar’s hospitalization has shocked the football world. Many former players and colleagues have sent messages of support on social media.
“Wishing Edwin van der Sar all the best,” tweeted former Manchester United teammate Rio Ferdinand. “A great man and a great goalkeeper.”
“Get well soon, Edwin,” tweeted former Ajax teammate Patrick Kluivert. “We’re all thinking of you.”
Van der Sar’s family has requested privacy at this time.
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