19 October 2015

Fernando Ricksen launches his very own magazine

by Pamela Aalbers | Guest Contributor

On the 14th of October, Fernando Ricksen received the first issue of his own glossy magazine in The Netherlands.

Surrounded by the Dutch media, the Dutch football icon Willem van Hanegem handed the first issue to Fernando.

'FERNANDO' is a glossy magazine, with 180 pages of interviews and articles about believing, love and fighting spirit.

On the front cover it says: 'Surrender? Never!'. People like Philip Cocu, Frank de Boer, Giovanni van Bronckhorst, Katja Schuurman, Johan Cruyff and lots of other famous Dutch footballing heroes co-operated for free with this magazine.

A big part of the proceeds of the magazine will go to the Dutch ALS foundation because, as you all know, Fernando has suffered for almost two years with MND/ALS.

I was at the press launch, and spoke with Fernando about his magazine.

"I am happy with the magazine and that so many Dutch VIP's had an interview in my magazine makes me very proud.

"It gives me the power to go on with my fight against ALS, and I still want to beat this terrible disease, more then ever".

Despite his terrible disease, Fernando is happy at the moment, and enjoys life as much as possible. He's thankful for all the people who support him.

In Scotland he recently attended a charity match in Elgin and this week he will be at a Dutch stadium for a meet and greet. It gives him energy.