“F**king Hell That’s Horrible” – Distressing News Strikes Soccer World as 14-Year-Old Starlet Diagnosed With Rare Disease That Caused 470 Deaths in USA This Year

Published 03/22/2023, 7:13 AM EDT

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Soccer can be a very heartbreaking sport at times. Usually, its fans feel sad about their team losing an important game or getting knocked out of a big tournament. But, sometimes it’s much bigger than that. It was the case when a few weeks ago, soccer player, Christian Atsu was found dead, days following an earthquake in Syria and Turkey. This news can bring a new set of waves in the community and one such story is developing in the Netherlands.

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It has been more than a couple of months since the soccer legend Pele passed away following the failure of chemotherapy. He was diagnosed with colon cancer and passed away on 29th December 2022. Now, the story coming from the Netherlands is of a 14-year-old soccer player who is training in Feyenoord Academy.

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The U14 player of Feyenoord Academy, Mik Akkermans, has recently been diagnosed with Testicular Cancer. He himself announced it on his Instagram story. While the soccer world awaits the intricate details of his diagnosis, the story is gaining worldwide attention. Fans are coming out in huge numbers to support the young starlet in these dire times.

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On Reddit, fans are praying for his better health. One fan said, “Fu**ing hell this is horrible“. Others joined by saying, “That’s really sad. I hope the kid makes a full recovery soon”, “that’s horrendous”, “14?! Jesus Christ, that’s horrible!”, “Heal quickly, lad!”, “No child should have to deal with such a thing. If his family starts a fundraiser for him I would be more than happy to help”, “How rare is that at that age?” and “That’s horrible. Hope he recovers!“.

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Testicular cancer is treatable if it is diagnosed in the early stages. American Cancer Society reports estimates that for every 9.1k testicular cancer diagnosis in the USA, there are 470 deaths. The average age for the development of this cancer is around 33. However, Akkermans has been unlucky enough to be diagnosed at such a young age.

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Most fans now hope his tumor is in a very early stage of development and it can be treated easily.

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Rishabh Chaudhary

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Rishabh is a soccer writer at EssentiallySports, coming with a year of experience in digital marketing and 19 years of being a sports fan. Like most people in India, he started by watching cricket and then all sports. He writes poetry and songs in his free time and plays FPS games like Valorant and CSGO.
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