Brussels, March 29: Belgian soccer club Cercle Brugge’s goalkeeper Miguel van Damme has died aged 28 after suffering from leukaemia, the club said in a statement on Tuesday.
Van Damme was diagnosed with leukemia during a routine medical check-up in 2016. However, he recovered from the disease and played for clubs, before suffering a relapse in January 2020. He said in September 2020 that the treatment would no longer have any effect. effect.
“Words are not enough to describe how we feel, even though we knew things had not been going well for some time,” Brugge said in a statement.
“Today is an extremely difficult day in the almost 123-year history of Cercle Brugge. Our thoughts go, first of all, to his wife Kyana, his daughter Camille, Miguel’s parents, his sister Francesca, and also to his many friends. and family,” he added.
The goalkeeper spent his eight-year professional career at Cercle Brugge, but his illness limited him to fewer than 50 appearances for the club.
Spanish giant Real Madrid said in a statement: “Real Madrid CF, the club president and the Board of Directors are deeply saddened to learn of the death of Círculo de Brujas player Miguel Van Damme. Real Madrid wishes to send its condolences and its warmest Greetings and love to all his family and loved ones, his club and his teammates”.