Liverpool’s most revered manager Bill Shankly once said,
“some people believe football is a matter of life and death, I am very disappointed with that attitude. I can assure you it is much, much more important than that.”
Most football connoisseurs will have heard this famous statement in their lifetime but a teenager in Italy has gone some way to proving the quote to be true.
The Telegraph reports of how a 14-year-old Milan boy made a near-fatal decision to jump from a bridge, along with his friends, where the water below turned out to be only 6.5-feet deep.
The boy then spent over 40 minutes submerged in the water before paramedics were able to restart his heart with a defibrillator.
This astonishing story of survival was made all the more miraculous, when four weeks later the teen awoke from his coma. The words uttered after awaking weren’t quite what one would expect after such a traumatic incident, as the boy asked if his beloved Juventus were still in the Champions League.
We imagine hearing the news that the Serie A champions were playing in the European Cup final next weekend in an effort to do the treble made his recovery all the more easier.
Rob Lyons, Pundit Arena