Life Fernando Ricksen (43) passed away By weekster Posted on September 20, 2019 2 min read Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Fernando Ricksen died at the age of 43, that has just been announced. The former professional footballer had been suffering from the ALS disease for a long time. “I remain the fighter I have always been” Rangers Football Club makes the announcement on Twitter. “With pain in our hearts we want to let you know that our former player Fernando Ricksen died this morning from the consequences of his fight against ALS.” Ricksen made his debut in 1993 in the first team of Fortuna Sittard. Soon he got a permanent place in the team as right back. In 2000, Fernando Ricksen made his debut in the Dutch national team. He also has had an international football career. He played for the Glasgow Rangers and for FC Zenit Saint Petersburg. Fernando announced at De Wereld Draait Door in 2013 that he is suffering from the ALS disease. This announcement hit the world like a bomb and Ricksen was overloaded with fans’ support. He has always remained positive and wrote on his website at the time: “Someday somebody will be the first to beat and survive this terrible disease. Let me be that person. I remain the fighter that I have always been.” He also announced at the time that a biography called Vechtlust will be published. In January 2018, a statue of Fernando Ricksen was unveiled. This stands in front of the Fortuna Sittard stadium. Since January 2019, Fernando has been staying in a hospice in Airdrie. Fernando Ricksen leaves behind a wife and daughter. In 2014, Fernando married the Russian Veronika. He has a seven year old daughter with her.