Thu 19 January 2023 | 16:02

Former Arsenal and Ajax star Marc Overmars suffers 'irreparable heart damage'

Former Ajax and Arsenal star Marc Overmars has suffered irreparable damage to his heart after going into cardiac arrest in December.

According to reports in Holland, Marc Overmars has suffered irreparable damage to his heart.

Overmars was admitted to the hospital on 30 December last year after suffering what was reported as a mild stroke but De Telegraaf claims that Overmars' condition is significantly worse than first feared.

Reports suggest that Overmars’ heart can only pump blood at 30 percent of its normal volume. The former Dutch international has been discharged from the hospital and is now resting at home but needs at least a year to recover and will require medication for the rest of his life.

The 49-year-old Overmars recently was quoted as telling Dutch media that

"I have to take it easy and move forward one step at a time.”

Following his stroke, an Antwerp statement read:

"Marc Overmars, director of football affairs at RAFC, became unwell last night and was admitted to hospital with a mild stroke.

"Marc is doing well in the meantime but will have to take it easy for a while. Marc and his family focus on his recovery and do not wish to comment further. RAFC wishes Marc a speedy recovery!”

Overmars joined


in 1992 and won three successive Eredivisie titles and the Champions League in 1995. He joined 


in 1997 and won one Premier League title and one FA Cup. In 2000, he moved to


but failed to win any silverware.

Overmars was appointed as Ajax’s director of football in 2012 but left his role in 2022 after complaints from female colleagues over inappropriate messages. In March 2022, he was presented as director of football by Royal Antwerp FC.

source: SportMob

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