Former Scotland striker Denis Law, who delighted Manchester United in the 1960s with 237 goals in 404 games, announced Thursday he has Alzheimer's disease and dementia.
Law is part of the "United Trinity", a statue on the outskirts of the Mancunian stadium, where he appears alongside George Best and Bobby Charlton, who also revealed in November to be suffering from dementia.
“I'm at a point where I feel like I want to be upfront about my health.
I was diagnosed (…) with Alzheimer's disease and vascular dementia, ”revealed the former player in a press release.
Vascular dementia is linked to destruction of brain tissue due to insufficient blood flow.
“It is an extremely painful and problematic disease and I have seen a lot of friends go through it.
We always hope that it will only happen to others and we joke even ignoring the arrival of the first signs, because we do not want to admit that it is true, ”he said.
Denis Law, the other King of Old Trafford
"But the time has come to tackle this problem head on, if you forgive me the expression," continued the one who also wore the City and Torino jerseys and who had been made Commander of the Order of the 'British Empire in 2016 for its football and charity work. "I don't want people to be saddened if I forget places, people or dates, because you have to keep in mind that I took advantage of all these memories and I had to go through everything I did. 've lived in my life, ”said Law.
The one that the Red Devils nicknamed "The King", long before Eric Cantona, during his years at Old Trafford (1962-1973), said he wanted to continue to watch and support "his" club, Manchester United and, "when it is. is possible ”, remain active in his foundation which encourages the practice of sport and the involvement of young people in their communities.
"Denis Law will always be one of the club's greatest legends and everyone at Manchester United sends him their affection and best wishes to him and his family," the Red Devils reacted in a statement.
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