Denmark national football team captain Simon Kjaer played a prominent role in saving the life of his colleague Christian Eriksen during the Finland match at Euro 2020, and inspired the world the true qualities that a captain should have.
Nearly 20 minutes after the match between Denmark and Finland resumed, Kier asked his coach Kasper Hjolmand to be substituted because he was severely affected by the Eriksen incident.
"Simon was deeply affected and doubted he could continue," said Heulmand. "He tried, but it wasn't possible."
Kair No. 4 sets off for Eriksen to start his first rescue steps even before the doctors arrive (Reuters)
Millions of people across the screens, in the stands and on the pitch, were in shock and praying on Saturday after Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen collapsed and had to be resuscitated on the field.
Not only is Keir a close friend of Eriksen or the captain of the Danish national team, but after the accident, he can be considered one of the heroes of the evening.
It was Kier who put his teammate on the ground in a fixed side position and prevented him from swallowing his tongue, and he also reassured Eriksen's wife who was standing outside the field, and he told his teammates to form a circle around the injured player to prevent his vision.
I can just imagine what Eriksen's wife was going through at that moment.
— 💥Bruno K💥 (@bruno_KUg) June 13, 2021
"I've known you for 17 years and I've never been more proud of you than I am tonight. You are a true hero, you saved the life of your friend Christian Eriksen," Kier's advisor and former Denmark player, Mikel Beck, said on Instagram.
Kier led the team back onto the field once play resumed after the match had been suspended for two hours, however at one point, the images and emotions of the dramatic night were too much for him to endure and he was replaced.
Get well soon, Christian.
— UEFA EURO 2020 (@EURO2020) June 12, 2021
From a purely sporting point of view, Kier, 32, has had a lot of tests in his career.
At the age of 21, he moved to the Wolfsburg team as a great defensive talent, but he could not fulfill the great expectations that were expected of him in the Bundesliga.
After that, he moved to teams: Roma, Lille, Fenerbahce and Seville, as Cair used to change leagues and countries.
Sometimes he was a great player, at other times he was a regular player, before his career witnessed an unexpected big boost at AC Milan.
Together, he and Zlatan Ibrahimovic led the team from the middle of the table to participate in the Champions League last season.
Many see Ibrahimovic as the main achievement, but at least Kair's influence has been as great as his.
"They play for two rival clubs in Milan, but Simon and Christian are really close friends. Their lives, and the lives of their families are intertwined," said Heulmand.