By Alex Taylor
Super agent Jorge Mendes and Cristiano Ronaldo have reached out to former Rangers star Fernando Ricksen, who suffers from ALS.
According to The Sun, Ricksen, 40, attended a black-tie dinner in Glasgow on Saturday evening as money was raised to help his motor neurone charity.
Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendes did not attend the event but invited the former Ibox star to Madrid.
“Hi my friend Fernando,” Mendes said in a recorded message posted on Twitter. “I am very sorry that I cannot be with you tonight, I wish you all the best.
“Cristiano and myself hope to welcome you to Madrid as soon as possible my friend. Enjoy the evening, keep fighting and a big hug from my heart. Have a good evening.”
Ricksen is well loved by Gers fans and has become well known for his charity work in recent years.
The former Rangers ace raised over £80,000 for the charity MND Scotland after revealing that he was terminally ill in October 2013.
Ricksen played as both a right-back and a right-midfielder during a six-year spell in Scotland between 2000-2006.
The former Dutch international paid a visit to Ibrox last year where he was well received by the 40,000 watching fans.
He enjoyed a trophy-laden spell with Rangers, twice winning both the Scottish Premier League and the Scottish Cup.
Ricksen was signed from AZ Alkmaar for £3.75 million in 2000, and played 182 times for the Scottish outfit, scoring 13 times.