Ex-Italy defender Bellugi has legs amputated after Covid complications

By: AFP      Published: 01:18 PM, 23 Dec, 2020
Ex-Italy defender Bellugi has legs amputated after Covid complications

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.

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