Former Italy and Inter Milan defender Mauro Bellugi confirmed both his legs had been amputated following Covid-19 complications.
During his career,
. He also took part in two World Cup with Italy, in 1974 and 1978.
, who won the Scudetto with Inter in 1970-71, had been in hospital since November 4 due to Covid-19 complications and other problems and was forced to carry out a double amputation.
Despite the grim situation, Bellugi joked about it: “
They removed also the leg with which I scored against Borussia Moenchengladbach”, recalling the infamous ‘Partita della Lattina’ a 1971 game that was then
replayed because Roberto Boninsegna was hit on the head with a can from the stands. He bagged his only career goal in the second match. “I will now get prosthesis similar to Oscar Pistorius ones”
, he added.
He played over 90 games with Italian clubs, Inter and Bologna, and has been a pundit on local TV over the past years.