Christian Eriksen unlikely to play again for sake of his family, claims Rio Ferdinand over shocking Euro 2020 collapse


RIO FERDINAND believes Christian Eriksen is unlikely to play football again after his cardiac arrest.

The 29-year-old was resuscitated on the field during Denmark’s Euro 2020 defeat to Finland on Saturday.

Christian Eriksen has provided a positive update to fans from hospital
Christian Eriksen has provided a positive update to fans from hospital

Medics confirmed that he ‘was gone’ before being given CPR and shocked with a defibrillator.

Eriksen is now recovering in hospital and provided a positive update reassuring fans that he ‘is fine under the circumstances.’

His collapse left the footballing world in shock including BBC pundit Rio Ferdinand who spoke of his emotions seeing Eriksen fighting for his life.

Speaking on his Vibe With Five Youtube show, he said: “I don’t think he plays again, I’ve got to be honest.

“If I’m him I’m not thinking about that probably, I’d just want to be healthy for the sake of my family really.

“I got a bit emotional, I’ve got to be honest.

“Just to see that and to see the effects on his wife, the pictures of his wife or his girlfriend coming through as well, it was just so emotional man.

“It hits you and just makes you think about life, man, and the importance of really appreciating life and enjoying your life.

The Inter Milan forward collapsed before being resuscitated on the pitch
The Inter Milan forward collapsed before being resuscitated on the pitch

“It’s just great we can sit here and he’s made comments that are now live in the media about he didn’t know what happened, he’s keen to find out what happened.

“I think they’re saying [it was] a cardiac arrest, I wouldn’t like to jump to conclusions but I think that’s the rumours that I’m hearing.

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“But I just think he’ll obviously be evaluating his life post this, and just hopefully he continues his recovery in the vein that he is at the moment – which seems to be positive.

“It was a day that football stands still and you go, ‘Wow!’ It’s a tournament, we’re happy it’s started and stuff, but when situations like that happen you think, ‘Wow, ok, just look at life’.”

Eriksen revealed how he will be cheering on his heroic team-mates for the rest of the tournament in his first public statement since the terrifying ordeal.

Rio Ferdinand is unsure whether Christian Eriksen will play again

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Rio Ferdinand is unsure whether Christian Eriksen will play againCredit: AP
Rio Ferdinand revealed his emotions after Eriksen's collapse

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Rio Ferdinand revealed his emotions after Eriksen’s collapseCredit: BBC

He wrote on Instagram: “Hello everyone.

“Big thanks for your sweet and amazing greetings and messages from all around the world. It means a lot to me and my family. ♥️🙏.

“I’m fine – under the circumstances. I still have to go through some examinations at the hospital, but I feel okay.

“Now, I will cheer on the boys on the Denmark team in the next matches. Play for all of Denmark. Best, Christian.”

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