Ginola has heart surgery, say reports

Ginola wanted to become Fifa president

Ginola launched an unsuccessful bid to become Fifa president in 2015

Former France international David Ginola is recovering in hospital in Monaco after undergoing heart surgery, according to reports.

The 49-year-old, who retired in 2002, is reported to have had a quadruple heart bypass operation.

A tweet from his official account read: “Hello world, never slept better. I’m fine, just need to rest a bit.”

Ginola played his club football for Toulon, Paris St-Germain, Newcastle, Tottenham, Aston Villa and Everton.

He retired in May 2002 and has gone on to become a successful commentator with the BBC, BT Sport, Canal Plus and CNN.

Concerns about Ginola’s health were raised on Thursday following reports he had collapsed while attending a golf tournament in Mandelieu on the French Rivera.

According to his surgeon, who was quoted in local newspaper Var-Matin, Ginola had arrived at hospital in a “catastrophic state”.

“He was unconscious and did not remember anything, but it is going well,” said Professor Gilles Dreyfus of the Monaco Cardio-thoracic Centre.

“I have been able to talk to him. He does not show any neurological after-effects.”


A posting from David Ginola’s official Twitter account on Thursday appeared to play down the severity of his condition

Ginola began his football career in England in 1995, when Newcastle signed him from PSG for £2.5m.

A fans’ favourite at St James’ Park, he joined Tottenham in 1997, winning the 1999 League Cup with the Londoners.

That same season, he was named the PFA players’ player of the year and the Football Writers’ Association’s footballer of the year.


Ginola began his career in England with Newcastle, who paid £2.5m for him in 1995


He signed for Spurs in 1997, becoming the PFA Players’ Player of the Year in 1999


Aston Villa became his third English club in 2000, before moving to Everton, where he retired in 2002


Ginola was part of the BBC’s coverage of the 1998 World Cup in France


He appeared on BBC chat show Parkinson


Ginola has been working as a football commentator


Ginola and wife Coraline

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