Recber footballer outside hospital after coronavirus

ISTANBUL: former Turkish national team and former Barcelona goalkeeper Rustu Recber He was released from the hospital on Monday after recovering from coronavirus said his wife.

Recber assumed hero status in Turkey, as he maintained the goal at the 2002 World Cup, taking his team to the semifinals and, ultimately, to third place, its highest performance in the tournament.

What a beautiful day, thank God ... My husband was discharged after 11 difficult days, he posted on Instagram.

I am not completely happy because there are so many patients waiting in hospitals right now for recovery ... I will continue to pray for those struggling for survival in intensive care, he said.

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The 46-year-old goalkeeper enjoyed a brief stint in Barcelona in 2003 after starring in the World Cup a year earlier when Turkey beat South Korea 3-2 in the tiebreaker for third place.

Recber, who also played for the Istanbul giants' Fenerbahce and Besiktas teams, currently works at the Turkish Football Federation .

The Galatasaray manager, Fatih Terim, who had tested positive, was released from the hospital on March 30.

Turkey has officially registered some 27,000 cases, while 574 people have died, according to official figures released on Sunday.

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