Rangers legend Fernando Ricksen threw a birthday party for daughter Isabella in the hospital he’s admitted to.
The former Dutch soccer player had been suffering from Motor Neurone Disease and is reported to be in his final days. But despite his illness, he hosted a small event to make the day memorable for his seven-year-old daughter.
Ricksen retired in 2013 and revealed his diagnosis of the condition a year later.
The 42-year-old held his daughter’s birthday party in his room at St Andrew’s Hospice in Airdrie, according to The Mirror.
Ricksen’s wife Veronika recorded the moment on camera and shared it on social media.
Posting the video on her Instagram, she wrote: ‘Best daddy ever, best surprise for our little girl thank you so much for making her happy.’
After having spent more than six years fighting Motor Neurone Disease, the former soccer player is attending his final fundraising event – An Evening with Fernando Ricksen – on June 28,2019.
It will be held at GoGlasgow Urban Hotel with tickets costing $90 (£70).
Singer Lynsey Glen, comedian Dee Maxwell, ex-Rangers center-back Marvin Andrews, and TV football host David Tanner will also be appearing.
Sharing the details about the event, Ricksen said in a video message posted on social media: ‘Hello. I’m having a special night on the 28th.
‘Since it’s getting very difficult for me, this will be my final night. Come and make this a night to remember. Hopefully see you soon, Fernando.’
Ricksen had won 12 international caps for Holland during his career and had also played for AZ and Zenit Saint Petersburg.
During his time in Rangers from 2000-2006, he won two titles, two Scottish Cups, and three League Cups.
He has also been raising funds for people suffering from MND. Ricksen’s struggle against the disease has been recorded in a documentary titled ‘Fernando Ricksen – The Final Battle.’
Director Ronald Top decided to make it after getting inspired by a tattoo on Ricksen, which reads: ‘I am a warrior. A warrior with a fighting spirit. I will never give up and never surrender.’
Social media users across the globe have been sending out supportive messages to the former soccer player.
One internet user said: ‘There is only one Fernando Ricksen. No colors no rivalry – only love from one human being to another.’
Another fan urged him to ‘keep strong,’ calling him ‘a true fighter in every sense and meaning of the word.’
One person wrote: ‘I’ve said a prayer Fernando, keep strong, your family must be so proud of you.’