Italian Goalkeeper Loses Long Battle to Brain Tumour Aged 28

Italian Goalkeeper Loses Long Battle to Brain Tumour Aged 28

  • Italian goalkeeper Daniel Leone has been announced dead after losing a long battle to a brain tumour
  • The former Reggiana and Pontedera shot-stopper passed on seven years after being diagnosed with the serious ailment
  • Italy international and Napoli defender Giovanni Di Lorenzo are among the top players who have paid an emotional tribute to the goalkeeper who died at 28

Former Reggiana goalkeeper Daniel Leone has passed on at the age of 28 after enduring a brain tumour since 2014, Italy 24 News reports.

Italian goalkeeper Daniel Leone. Photo by @danielleone12.
Italian goalkeeper Daniel Leone loses a long battle to a brain tumour at age 28. Photo by @danielleone12.
Source: Instagram

The shot-stopper discovered the illness shortly after he joined the club that currently plays in Serie C.

Leone's battle for survival

Leone underwent successful surgery and returned to the game in 2017 and went on to join Catanzaro for another spell.

He was forced to retire from the round leather game after the recurrence of the disease as he underwent another surgery and a course of chemotherapy.

Leone had been keeping tabs with his fans on Instagram while he was recovering after hanging up his gloves.

The talented goalie finally gave up the ghost after seven years of enduring the discomfort the sickness brought to him and his family.

He once posted on his social media handle with a photo of him embracing his girlfriend and captioned it:

"Let's hold tight that all this hell will end."

Tributes to Leone

Napoli defender Giovanni Di Lorenzo also paid tribute to Leone:

"Rest in peace, my friend."

His former teammate Christian Puggioni

"After four years of battle, however, today you're gone. The emptiness you leave is immense, and some might think you lost the most important game of your life.
"You taught the courage to live through suffering with strength and hope. You taught, that you can leave your name, branded in people's memory, with example and courage."

Ex-Arsenal star dies

Earlier, reported Arsenal have been plunged into mourning following the unfortunate and tragic death of former youth star, Samuel Oji.

Oji spent four years with Arsenal as a teenager between 2000 and 2004 when he moved to Birmingham City.

The former defender went on to make appearances for several lower-tier teams in England including Leyton Orient and Bristol Rovers.