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Phil Costa·19 January 2019

Bernardeschi reveals heart condition that nearly ruined his career

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Federico Bernardeschi has revealed how he was nearly forced to retire from football due to a rare heart condition.

The Tuscany born midfielder came through the ranks at Fiorentina before signing for Juventus in 2017.


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However, life could have been very different if Bernardeschi listened to his doctor’s advice as a teenager.

“When I was 16, during a routine physical check, the medical team at Fiorentina found a medical problem,” he told the Players Tribune.

“I did the investigations and found that my heart was enlarged.

“The doctors told me they did not know if I would have been able to play football again, I could not believe it.”

“I had to stop for six months and it was the hardest six months of my life,” the Italian added. “I lived alone in Florence and I had nothing to do.

“In the end, with some dietary changes and medicine, I was able to overcome the problem .

“This moment certainly made me more aware of the fragility of my journey, making me enjoy my successes more.”