In February, the former Ajax manager expressed regret for what happened to the Moroccan footballer who entered a coma after he collapsed on the field during a match in 2017.
Rabat – A video showing Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo wishing Moroccan international footballer Abdelhak Nouri a happy birthday is going viral on social media.
“ Hi Nouri, I am Cristiano, just to wish you a happy birthday, I wish that you recover fast and … all the best for you man .. take care,” said Ronaldo with a wide smile, blowing a kiss after the message.
Abdelhak Nouri’s birthday was on April 2.
Nouri’s family warmly appreciated Ronaldo’s gesture. Deltelegraf quoted Nouri’s brother, who said that the family is “very fond of Ronaldo.”
“Cristiano is of course not just anyone, but one of the best football players in the world,” he said.
The Dutch-Moroccan footballer suffered severe brain damage following his collapse and he went into a coma.
The 22-year old Ajax midfielder suffered heart rhythm issues during the friendly game, which took place in July 2017.
Abdelhak’s brother, Abderrahim, said that his sibling’s condition was improving in 2018.
He is now “quieter” and able to recognize and communicate with his family, who “stays with him 24 hours a day,” said his brother.
In February, former manager of Ajax Danny Blind emotionally expressed solidarity with the footballer. “You never know [how good he could have been],” he said.
Blind added that the footballer was a “real Ajax player,” in an interview with CNN.
“At that time as an eight-year-old, you could see that he was a very good player. He was technical. He always had a solution — always one step [ahead] with what he was going to do,” he added.