Ronnie Hellström legend from Kaiserslautern is terminally ill with cancer.
When 1. FC Kaiserslautern was in the Bundesliga, Ronnie Hellström stood between the posts for years. The Swede is still considered to be one of the best keepers in his country’s history. Now he has to cope with bad news.
Kaiserslautern’s long-time goalkeeper Ronnie Hellström claims to be terminally ill with cancer, according to a Swedish media report. The first symptoms appeared almost a year ago. “I had difficulty swallowing and keeping the food with me,” the 72-year-old told the Swedish tabloid “Expressen” on Thursday. “In retrospect, you understood that it was because of the cancer.” He is now encountering one day after the other and one treatment after the next.
A malignant tumor is blocking the former national player’s esophagus and making it difficult for him to eat, the newspaper reported. In addition, the goalkeeper legend made a blood clot in his lungs to create, the inflammation in an intestinal pocket almost cost him his life. The former footballer had had to cancel various events for a long time.
Hellström is considered to be one of the best goalkeepers Sweden has ever had. In 1974 he took part in the World Cup in Germany with the Swedish national team, and in 1971 and 1978 he was voted Footballer of the Year in his home country. He played 266 Bundesliga games for 1. FC Kaiserslautern. Today he lives in Beddingestrand in southern Sweden.