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Fabrice Muamba retires at 24; A lost career but a saved life

With the unsurprising news of Fabrice Muamba's retirement from professional football comes a time to remember those who were not so lucky and wish Fabrice all the best in his future.

It comes as no suprise after 5 months of extremely positive and wishful thinking that Fabrice Muamba has had to retire from football after advice from various cardiologists from around Europe.

After the horror of what happened in that FA Cup tie it is of no great suprise that this news comes and whilst everyone is obviously devastated he cannot continue in his beloved past time few believe this is the last we have heard of Fabrice Muamba.

There are miraculous cases of players continuing to play after similar instances; Arda Turan of Galatasaray collapsed due to a heart enlargement caused by a viral issue and Evander Sno, formerly of Celtic and Bristol City returned to play after a cardiac arrest not dissimilar to Muamba’s. However he now joins Clive Clarke, Steve Savidan, David Sommeil and Ruben de la Red in retiring due to the ill health of his heart.

The overwhelming factor amongst sadness at his retirement however must be balanced by the seriousness of what occurred and the privilege we have in hearing news of his retirement. In the case of Marc-Vivien Foe, Miklos Feher, Beslan Idrizaj, Antonio Puerta, Dani Jarque and recently Piermario Morosini amongst many others who have been lost far too soon it could have been tragically a lot worse.

Fabrice can look no further then Wolves manager Stale Solbakken for inspiration in a potential pursuit of a coaching career. The former Wimbledon midfielder has the unenviable comparison with Muamba of having spent a large portion of time ‘technically dead’ after a cardiac arrest during a training session. He has since gone on to have a highly successful coaching career with clubs including FC Copenhagen and FC Koln; he now looks ahead to a promising season at the Molineux where he will hope to chase promotion.

What is clear is Fabrice is a fighter and will certainly come out of this fighting as ever. His entire life has been as struggle but with his self belief, unwavering faith and inspirational attitude he could become a huge role model for many young people including his young son who he can now devote thankful time too.

Whichever route for the future the vast feeling is of good luck to the man who had an entire nation praying for his survival just 5 months ago and whilst it is a shame to see Muamba hang up his boots, the overwhelming relief that he is alive to do so is an extremely comforting thought.

YouTube is full of morbid videos of that day but here is one celebrating his football, Fabrice Muamba retired but alive at 24 years old.

images: © Matthew Wilkinson, © Crystian Cruz

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