Rangers hero Ricksen throws tear-jerking birthday party for daughter in hospice
The 42-year-old is in the final stages of Motor Neurone Disease and is being cared for at a hospice in Scotland.
Despite all that, the former Dutch international remained keen to throw a party for daughter Isabella on her seventh birthday.
Ricksen held a surprise party in his room at St Andrew’s Hospice in Airdrie, with his wife Veronika capturing the emotional moment on her phone and later uploading it to Instagram .
The video on Instagram was captioned: “Best daddy ever, best surprise for our little girl thank you so much for making her happy”.
In the clip, Isabella can be seen running into the room to embrace her dad with Ed Sheeran’s ‘I Don’t Care’ playing in the background.
The room itself is decorated with plenty of banners that read ‘Happy Birthday’, while cake and balloons can also be seen.
The video has already racked up thousands of views online and many of those commenting underneath were touched by the footage.
One posted: “[Fernando] still has a smile on his face!”, while another added: “What a beautiful video”, and a third said: “This makes my heart smile.”
The heartwarming video comes just days after Ricksen confirmed he would be making his final public appearance at a fundraising event on June 28.
Held at the GoGlasgow Urban Hotel, the event, which costs £70-a-head, will be attended by the likes of TV reporter David Tanner, former Rangers midfielder Marvin Andrews and singer Lynsey Glen.
After retiring from football in 2013, Ricksen announced later that year that he had been diagnosed with motor neurone disease and was terminally ill.
The 43-year-old has battled the illness bravely since then and has raised thousands for charities.