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SPORTS | 03-04-2020 14:32

Hugo Gatti: Being infected with Covid-19 has made me ‘learn more about life’

Ex-Albiceleste, Boca and River goalkeeper, 'El Loco' Gatti, who is hospitalised in Madrid after being tested positive for coronavirus, opens up on his health and explains how his predicament has made him “learn more about life.”

Ex-Albiceleste, Boca and River goalkeeper, Hugo 'El Loco' Gatti, who is hospitalised in Madrid after being tested positive for coronavirus, says he’s feeling “fine” and that the situation has helped him “learn more from life.”

"I'm fine. I know how fondly people are of me in Argentina and Spain. I'm looking forward to getting out of here," Gatti said on Thursday night in an interview with the El Chiringuito TV show, to which he contributes regularly.

During a phone conversation, the former Atlanta, River Plate, Gimnasia and Boca Juniors goalkeeper said that the experience was "like a bad dream."

"And like all dreams, it has to end,” he added.

"I was never in danger, but it takes these things to realise that you are not unbeatable," said the 75-year-old.

"Fear I do not have. This has been good for me to get stronger and learn more about life," continued the legendary keeper. "I’ve learnt that one day you are here and the next day you’re gone. My family, my wife and children have been very important."

It was his son Lucas who reported at the end of the March that his father was tested positive for Covid-19.

"My father was admitted to the hospital with a case of pneumonia and it was later proven that it was caused by the coronavirus," Gatti Jnr announced one week ago.

Gatti indicated that he received scores of support messages the last few days, including from fellow Argentine legend Diego Maradona.

“We were rivals, but we have always love each other deeply,” said the retired keeper.

‘El Loco’ has responding well to treatment and he said his desire is to get out of the hospital as soon as possible.

"I don't know yet [when he will be discharged], but when I get out, I will get out perfectly," said Gatti.

"I'm looking forward to coming back to the programme when there's football, because this is very ugly. I also feel like going to Argentina to sniff out my city, see my friends, my children...", conclude the Madrid resident.

- TIMES/AFP

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