UEFA’s President Aleksander Ceferin described this year recipients of the President Award as the true heroes of EURO 2020. Christian Eriksen also thanked his teammate and medical staff and said they did a fantastic job saved his life.
On the 12 of June, in the opening game against Finland in the Parken Stadium, the Danish midfielder Christian Eriksen suffered a cardiac arrest and collapsed on the field.
UEFA said that the award marks the vital contributions of the medical staff as well as his teammate Kjaer for his reaction in immediately helping Eriksen and for his exceptional leadership qualities.
When Eriksen collapsed, Kjaer was first on the scene and was able to put him into a recovery position and start the initial CPR procedure. When the medical staff arrived, the Danish captain forced his teammates to form a protective ring around Eriksen before comforting Eriksen’s wife.
Denmark had an amazing tournament as they reached the semi-final of the EURO 2020, where they lost against England. The Danish captain said that the moment in Copenhagen highlighted the team and nation’s togetherness.
After undergoing his heart operation, Eriksen returned to Inter for further tests to see if he can continue his playing career.