Well wishes pour in as Louis van Gaal reveals he is undergoing treatment for cancer
Netherlands national team boss Louis van Gaal has, on Sunday night, confirmed that he is actively undergoing treatment for cancer.
The Dutchman, of course an icon across the football landscape owing to his efforts on the touchline, revealed the news on Dutch TV a short time ago.
Incredibly, in a true testament to his character, van Gaal admitted that he actually hid the news from the Dutch squad to this point in his stint back in charge of the Oranje, so as not to potentially affect their on-pitch performance:
“In each period during my time as manager of the National Team I had to leave in the night to go to the hospital without the players finding out until now,” the ex-Manchester United manager explained. “While thinking I was healthy. But.. I am not.”
“I didn’t want to tell it to my players because it could have influenced their performances.”
In an altogether concerning insight into his continuous treatment against the disease, van Gaal too revealed that he is dealing with an ‘aggressive’ form of cancer in his prostate, for which he has already undergone 25 sessions of therapy:
Louis van Gaal also confirms that it’s an agressive form of prostate cancer.
He underwent 25 treatments so far.
— (@TheEuropeanLad) April 3, 2022
News of van Gaal’s illness, of course, has since hit the football world hard, providing a timely reminder of how truly unimportant the sport is when it comes to the grand scheme of life.
In turn, droves have taken to social media to unveil their reactions, and send wishes of wellbeing to the veteran tactician:
Louis Van Gaal has revealed he is suffering from an aggressive form of prostate cancer.
Stay strong, Louis pic.twitter.com/CpiC9vc3d6
— 101 Great Goals (@101greatgoals) April 3, 2022
Sending best wishes and hopes for a full recovery to Louis Van Gaal, who announced on Dutch television tonight that he’s battling prostate cancer.
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) April 3, 2022
Best wishes to Louis van Gaal.
The former Manchester United manager announces he is battling prostate cancer.
— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) April 3, 2022
Louis van Gaal vient de révéler être atteint d’une forme sévère de cancer de la prostate.
Courage. 💪 pic.twitter.com/v5o8fFLvmg
— Actu Foot (@ActuFoot_) April 3, 2022
Netherlands manager Louis van Gaal announces that he has prostate cancer.
Sending well wishes to him. pic.twitter.com/50E5QMB6iq
— CBS Sports Golazo ⚽️ (@CBSSportsGolazo) April 3, 2022
Our best wishes go out to Netherlands manager, Louis van Gaal, who has announced he is battling prostate cancer
Get well soon, Louis ❤️ pic.twitter.com/0cR42Gy4kz
— LiveScore (@livescore) April 3, 2022
We are saddened to learn that former #mufc manager Louis van Gaal has announced on Dutch television that he is suffering from cancer.
We want to wish Louis all the best in his fight against the disease, and hope he makes a full recovery ❤ pic.twitter.com/gri1rjidvn
— UtdDistrict (@UtdDistrict) April 3, 2022
The thoughts and well wishes of all at 101GreatGoals are with van Gaal and his family at this difficult time.