On Friday, Edwin van der Sar, the renowned Manchester United legend and former Netherlands international goalkeeper, was hospitalized in Croatia after experiencing an unexpected brain hemorrhage. The 52-year-old Dutchman is currently in stable condition, and medical professionals are closely monitoring his progress, as stated by his former club.
“On Friday, Edwin van der Sar has had a bleeding around his brain,” AFC Ajax posted on Twitter.
“He’s currently in hospital in the intensive care unit and is in a stable condition. Once there is more concrete information, an update will follow. Everyone at Ajax wishes Edwin a speedy recovery. We’re thinking of you,” the tweet concluded.
Van der Sar, who held the position of CEO at Ajax Amsterdam from 2016 to 2023, was airlifted to the hospital in Croatia after experiencing a brain hemorrhage during his vacation. The football community has united in sending their well wishes and prayers for the swift recovery of the esteemed Dutch legend.
Manchester United released the following statement:
“He’s currently in hospital in the intensive care unit and is in a stable condition. Once there is more concrete information, an update will follow.
“Everyone at Ajax wishes Edwin a speedy recovery. We’re thinking of you.”
The 52-year-old, who won Champions League trophies with Ajax and United, stepped down from his role as CEO of the Dutch giants over a month ago. He initially joined his former side as marketing director in 2012 before being promoted to chief executive four years later.
Man Utd the following statement on Friday evening: “Manchester United is holding Edwin van der Sar and his family in our collective thoughts after hearing the news that the legendary goalkeeper has fallen seriously ill.
“Edwin always receives a warm welcome whenever he returns to Old Trafford, having been one of the most popular and decorated goalkeepers in our club’s history. Between the Dutchman’s arrival from Fulham in June 2005 and his retirement from football in May 2011 at the age of 40, he made a total of 266 appearances and contributed hugely to the Reds winning four Premier League titles, the Champions League and Club World Cup, among other trophies under Sir Alex Ferguson.
“Everyone at United wishes to join our friends at Ajax in wishing Edwin all the very best for a full and swift recovery.”
Following the news of Edwin van der Sar’s unexpected brain hemorrhage, speculation has been circulating on social media platforms. While authorities have not provided specific information about the cause of his illness, some internet users are suggesting a potential link to the COVID-19 vaccine.
It should be noted that Van der Sar publicly announced receiving his COVID-19 vaccine on June 1, 2021. However, any connection between his vaccination and his current health condition remains unverified.