Former Manchester United and Ajax star Edwin van der Sar has been rushed to hospital after suffering a cerebral haemorrhage.
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Van der Sar is considered by critics and fellow players as one of the best goalkeepers of all time.
He is also one of the most successful footballers ever, having won 26 major trophies in his career, mainly at Ajax and Manchester United.
During the 2008–09 season, he set a world record by not conceding a league goal for 1,311 minutes.
He is also the oldest player to win the Premier League, having done so in 2011 at the age of 40 years and 205 days.
Van der Sar has won several individual awards, including Best European Goalkeeper in 1995 and 2009, and UEFA Club Goalkeeper of the Year in 2009.
A goalkeeper, he left Ajax for Juventus in 1999, where he spent two years before moving to England, first to Fulham and then to Manchester United in 2005.
There he won a second Champions League title in 2008, making him one of just eight players at the time to have won the competition with more than one club.
He retired as a professional in 2011, but briefly came out of retirement in 2016 to play a match for Dutch amateur team VV Noordwijk, for whom he had previously played as a youth.
Edwin van der Sar Hospital
Former Netherlands goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar is in intensive care in hospital after suffering a bleeding around his brain, his former football club Ajax has said.
The 52-year-old was in a stable condition, the Amsterdam-based club added on Friday, without offering further details.
“Everyone at Ajax wishes Edwin a speedy recovery. We’re thinking of you,” it said in a post on Twitter.
Dutch media reported van der Sar was on vacation in Croatia when he became ill.
Van der Sar played at clubs including Ajax, Juventus and Manchester United. He appeared 130 times for the Netherlands.
He served for more than a decade on the Ajax board before stepping down as director general after the club finished third last season.
“After nearly 11 years on the board, I’m exhausted,” he said when he announced he was leaving Ajax in May.
Van der Sar made 266 appearances for the Red Devils and helped them to win four Premier League titles and the 2008 Champions League.
In a statement, Manchester United said: “Sending all our love and strength to you, Edwin.”
He also played in the Premier League for Fulham and in Serie A for Juventus.
Former United defender Rio Ferdinand sent his support to his old team-mate, tweeting: “Ed is a fighter. Our thoughts are with the Van Der Sar family!”
How old is
Edwin van der Sar is a former Dutch Professional footballer who Netherlands National team. Born on 29 October 1970 he majorly played as goalkeeper which was his main position throughout his career. He is currently 52 years old.
Born in Voorhout, Van der Sar began his career at his hometown club, Foreholte, and then VV Noordwijk.
At a relatively late age, he was brought to the attention of Louis van Gaal, and subsequently signed for Ajax. Even though he joined late he went into the reserve team and bided his time before getting his first-team call-up by Louis van Gaal.
He enjoyed a long and successful stint in their senior side, winning the 1991–92 UEFA Cup (albeit only as the reserve, making no appearances in the run) and the 1994–95 UEFA Champions League (by now the starting goalkeeper), as well as the 1995 Best European Goalkeeper award, besides domestic honours.
Also he was in goal for Ajax in the 1996 UEFA Champions League Final, but had to make do with a runner-up medal as they lost the penalty shoot-out against Juventus.
He made a total of 226 appearances for Ajax, and scored a penalty for Ajax to complete an 8–1 victory over De Graafschap in the 1997–98 season.
In his first full season as Ajax No. 1 he won the Dutch Football Goalkeeper of the Year, he would then go on to retain the award for the next three consecutive years.
What happened to Edwin van der Sar
The legendary goalkeeper suffered the stroke while on holiday in a Croatian island and had to be lifted to hospital by a helicopter, De Telegraaf reports.
Van der Sar was admitted to intensive care on Friday afternoon.
Ajax posted a message of support for their former CEO on Twitter, which read: “On Friday, Edwin van der Sar has had a bleeding around his brain.
“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.”