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Former Liverpool footballer Terry McDermott announces he suffers from dementia

Former Liverpool footballer Terry McDermott announces he suffers from dementia

Former Liverpool and England midfielder Terry McDermott, winner of three European Cups (1977, 1978, 1981), announced that he had dementia.

The 69-year-old ex-footballer reported on the Liverpool website that he was going through the first stages of the disease, according to tests carried out at the hospital.

I have to take it and I will. I was raised like this. Nothing has come easily to me, “McDermott explained on the ‘Reds’ website.

“I am not afraid to assume it and also, as has been seen, there are many other players in a much worse state than mine,” he said.

This is in addition to one made by former Scottish striker Denis Law, a prominent Manchester United footballer in the 1960s with 237 goals in 404 games and who said on Thursday he had Alzheimer’s and dementia.

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“The worst thing was, until I was diagnosed with the disease, not knowing what I had,” McDermott revealed. “The number of former players with dementia or Alzheimer’s is staggering,” he added.

With 81 goals in 329 meetings with Liverpool between 1974 and 1982, McDermott is a club legend with whom he also won a UEFA Cup (1976) and five English leagues (1976, 1977, 1979, 1980 and 1982).

The former footballer also wore the English national team shirt 25 times. AFP (HN)

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