By Amir Mir
Aston Villa legend Stiliyan Petrov gave his club shirt away to a supporter in his final moments as a Villa player.
In his farewell appearance against non-League side Worcester City, the Villa midfielder gave his shirt away to supporter Carl Akers, who has drawn strength from Petrov’s fight for Leukaemia as he battles throat cancer himself.
As reported by the Birmingham Mail, the 55-year-old Holte-End season ticket holder took inspiration from the 37-year-old as he watched Petrov fight his own battle.
It is said the supporter only turned up to the game against Worcester to get his photo taken with Petrov, but ended up leaving with his shirt.
The ex-Villa captain made a remarkable return to football after being diagnosed with Leukaemia in 2012, and trained with the Midlands side during their pre-season tour of Austria, but was unable to land a coveted playing contract.
Manager Roberto Di Matteo described Petrov as an “inspiration” and praised the Bulgarian’s impact on the Villa team as they prepare for a gruelling Championship campaign.
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