Edwin van der Sar, the former Manchester United goalkeeper, is currently in a stable yet concerning condition as he recovers from a brain bleed, according to his family. The 52-year-old was admitted to an intensive care unit on Friday and will remain there for the foreseeable future, as stated by Ajax on behalf of his wife.
Van der Sar is undergoing treatment at a hospital in Croatia, where he was vacationing at the time of the incident. The former Dutch international, renowned for his exceptional goalkeeping skills, earned an impressive 130 caps while representing his country. After leaving his role as Ajax’s chief executive in May, following a disappointing season for the team, where they finished third in the Dutch league and failed to secure a Champions League spot for the first time in over a decade, Van der Sar decided to step down.
His professional career began as a player, notably donning the iconic red jersey of Manchester United, where he made 266 appearances. Van der Sar played an integral role in the club’s success, helping them secure four Premier League titles and lifting the prestigious Champions League trophy in 2008. Prior to his time at United, he also had stints in the Premier League with Fulham and in Serie A with Juventus.
In 2011, Van der Sar bid farewell to his playing career, subsequently joining the Ajax board in 2012. He climbed the ranks and eventually took on the position of chief executive in 2016. Throughout his journey in football, Van der Sar’s remarkable talent and dedication made him a respected figure in the sport.