Christian Eriksen’s guardian angel is called Simon Kjaer. Until Saturday he was best known as a discreet central defender, a leader enough to hold the Danish captain’s armband on his arm, but from now on it will be difficult to think of him without referring to how he behaved when his teammate collapsed to the ground from cardiac arrest.
“You have become my true hero. You have saved your teammate’s life. I have known you since you were 17 and I have never been prouder of you. You are my hero,” his agent told him in a message. , former striker Mikkel Beck. And the definition is appropriate if a hero is defined as a normal human being who does the best of things in the worst of circumstances, without worrying about the consequences.
Consequences that could also be devastating psychologically for Kjaer himself, if there had been a dramatic epilogue at the end of the rescue operations that began with the maneuver with which he moved Eriksen’s tongue, preventing him from suffocating. Then, with the readiness of someone who has followed a first aid course, the 32-year-old began to push on the lifeless footballer’s sternum by practicing heart massage, waiting for the defibrillator, then he lined up the rest of the team around to protect the intimate drama. of the moment, finally he ran to the playmaker’s partner, terrified by what she saw. Flawless even a couple of hours later, when he drove a Denmark still in shock back to the field.
Who least of all shares the label of hero, swear by those who have known him well at Milan in recent months, is Kjaer himself, not inclined to attract the spotlight on himself, even more so in such a delicate situation. Undoubtedly, however, it has become a sort of paradigm of the captain: from now on, to explain the ideal behavior of those who wear the armband, it will be convenient to review these images.
Scenes that have relatively surprised those who in recent months have learned to know him at Milanello: where he presented himself in January 2020 as a backup veteran and became the owner and leader in the locker room, always able to find the right words in the most complicated moments and to behave consistently in the field.
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