Finnish legend Jari Litmanen confirms he has Covid-19
Now 49, Finland’s greatest ever footballer, Jari Litmanen, has confirmed he has Covid-19.
Jari Litmanen revealed his illness on the Unibet podcast, ‘The King’s Speech’. Embedded below.
Litmanen currently lives in Estonia.
Jari Litmanen was sick for four weeks
Litmanen revealed that he contracted the illness after his wife, Ly, first became sick.
On his symptoms, the former footballer said:
I had a fever, headache, muscle pain, shortness of breath and everything else.
The coronavirus lasted for four weeks, and since then there have been a couple of weeks of recovery.
Fortunately, the pain and shortness of breath was never so severe that I had to go to the hospital. I could stay home, but it has not been easy few weeks.
Jari Litmanen: ‘I’ve never felt so sick’
In an eye-catching comment, Litmanen summed up his experience with Covid-19 saying:
It was really heavy.
I have probably never been in such bad physical condition in my life.
With regards to his recovery, Litmanen said he’s starting walking and cycling exercises, although he’s making sure not to overdo it.
Listen to the Jari Litmanen podcast
Note: it’s in Finnish!
Jari Litmanen: Ajax, Barcelona & Liverpool legend
Litmanen’s achievements in football were immense.
At 24, he won the Champions League with Ajax.
While during his time in Amsterdam, Litmanen won four Eredivisie titles in seven years and the Dutch Cup three times.
He also won the UEFA Super Cup with Ajax in 1995.
At Liverpool, the Finnish forward won the FA Cup and League Cup.
He also lifted the UEFA Cup with Liverpool in 2001, while he also won the European Super Cup later that year with the Reds.
At Barcelona, Litmanen never won a trophy and he only managed four goals in all competitions.
Litmanen is Finland’s most capped player and record goalscorer.
This article was edited by Ben Green.