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The career and life of Fernando Ricksen

2019-09-18T12:14:10.681Z

Fernando Ricksen, who died on Wednesday, played twelve international games for the Orange, but was also known for his turbulent life alongside football. Since 2013 he has been fighting the debilitating muscle disease ALS, which became fatal to him at the age of 43. An overview of his life and career in ten photos.


Fernando Ricksen, who died on Wednesday, played twelve international games for the Orange, but was also known for his turbulent life alongside football. Since 2013 he has been fighting the debilitating muscle disease ALS, which became fatal to him at the age of 43. An overview of his life and career in ten photos.

Fernando Ricksen made his debut in 1993 at the age of seventeen in professional football with Fortuna Sittard. (Photo: ANP)

Between 1997 and 2000 the tough defender played for AZ. The team was trained for much of that period by Willem van Hanegem. Ricksen promoted to the Eredivisie with both clubs. (Photo: ANP)

Ricksen then played for Glasgow Rangers for six years. He became a much-loved player at the club and was voted the best player of the year in Scotland. With Rangers he won seven prizes. (Photo: Pro Shots)

Between 2000 and 2003 he came to twelve international games for the Orange. The defender said after his career that he was no longer summoned after he kicked a door of a Belarusian hotel room into a drunken state. (Photo: ANP)

Ricksen celebrated the biggest success of his career in 2008 when he won the UEFA Cup with Zenit St. Petersburg trained by Dick Advocaat. (Photo: ANP)

Ricksen ended his career in the First Division in 2013 at the club where he started: Fortuna Sittard. (Photo: Pro Shots)

Shortly after his career, Ricksen released the Vechtlust biography. The book not only describes his career, but also the drink, drugs and women who played an important role in his life. At Zenit he was suspended for a year due to cocaine use, he said. His club claimed at the time that the defender had a serious injury. (Photo: ANP)

Around the publication of the book it was announced that Ricksen was suffering from ALS. His wife Veronika and daughter Isabella assisted him in difficult times. (Photo: Pro Shots)

Fortuna Sittard organized a benefit duel for Ricksen in 2014, in which many prominent former teammates and Limburger trainers participated. (Photo: Pro Shots)

In 2018, former teammates Mark van Bommel and Kevin Hofland unveiled a statue of Ricksen at the Fortuna Sittard supporters' home. In the club's stadium, a stand was named after Ricksen. (Photo: Pro Shots)

Source: nunl

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