Former Italy and Inter Milan defender Mauro Bellugi revealed on Tuesday that both his legs had been amputated following coronavirus complications.
Bellugi, 70, was hospitalised on November 4 after contracting Covid-19, with doctors forced to carry out a double amputation following a worsening of pre-existing conditions.
“They also took off my leg with which I scored against Borussia Moenchengladbach,” said Bellugi of a goal scored for Inter in the European Cup in November 1971.
Bellugi, who also played for Bologna and Napoli during the 1960s and 1970s, went on to become a football pundit.
“I will wear prostheses like those of (Oscar) Pistorius, so I will overtake you in the corridors of the television studios,” he told journalist Luca Serafini on altropensiero.net.
Bellugi won the Serie A title with Inter in 1971, and also played for Italy in the World Cup of 1974 and 1978.