Less than a week to the opening of another season in the English Premiership, Bolton Wanderers midfielder who suffered a cardiac arrest during an FA Cup tie in March, Fabrice Muamba, has officially announced his retirement from professional football. The football star said he was devastated his footballing career was over, but he had to put his health first.
Muamba thanked the medical team who saved him and said he was grateful for all the support he received. His heart stopped for 78 minutes after he collapsed on the pitch at White Hart Lane on March 17. Millions had watched on TV as medics from both teams and a heart specialist who rushed from the stands desperately battled to keep him alive.
He subsequently spent a month in hospital, stunning doctors with his amazing recovery and never gave up hope of a return to the pitch. But doctors have told him playing in the top flight could put too much strain on his heart and was not worth the risk.
The star is now in line for a multi-million pound insurance payout. The football star’s life story has indeed been filled with touching events. His family had fled war in the Democratic Republic of Congo to seek asylum in the UK. Despite arriving in London, aged 11 and unable to speak English, he had managed to get 10 GCSEs and three A-levels at school. He then joined Arsenal FC’s youth academy in 2002 before moving to Birmingham and then Bolton in 2008.