Manchester United stars Cristiano Ronaldo and Dean Henderson make video for Perth soccer player Danny Hodgson

Daryna ZadvirnaThe West Australian
VideoThe Manchester United player has recorded a heartfelt message for the injured soccer player.

Manchester United stars Cristiano Ronaldo and Dean Henderson have sent get well messages to Perth soccer player Danny Hodgson as he remains in a coma for his 26th birthday.

The critically ill soccer player has been in Royal Perth Hospital for more than two weeks after being brutally bashed at Perth Train Station on September 5.


To mark his birthday today, Ronaldo and Henderson had both sent through touching video messages to wish him well and pledge support on the behalf of the whole Manchester United FC.

“Hi Danny I just heard about your story, I hope you get well soon,” Ronaldo says in the footage.

“I invite you to come to one of our games in Manchester.”

He added “get well soon my friend — take care”, while winking and holding up a fist.

ECU soccer player Danny Hodgson (25) who was bashed while walking to Perth train station
Camera IconECU soccer player Danny Hodgson (25) who was bashed while walking to Perth train station Credit: Facebook

Dean Henderson — who played junior football with Danny in the UK — said he couldn’t wait for his childhood friend to get better and meet the team.

“Danny I just wish you all the best mate — stay strong, stay in there, you’ll get through this I promise,” he said.

“Can’t wait to get you over to a game and meet the boys — I’ve told them all about you. We’re all in your corner as a club and as a team.

“We wish you all the very best — I love you to bits”

VideoThe Manchester United player has recorded a message for Danny who remains in hospital.

Danny’s parents Nicola and Peter — who are in their last week of hotel quarantine after flying over from the UK — said while they couldn’t be with him today, they sent him their “healing power of love”.

The couple shared a message to their son which read:

“Danny, on your 26th birthday, our gift to you is our belief in your courage, your strength, and the healing power of love,” they wrote.

“With the outpouring of love coming to you from (Danny’s girlfriend) Jess, family, friends, the football world, and the people of Western Australia, it won’t be long before you are back on the field.

“You’ve got this son. Love Mum and Dad. XX”

Mr and Mrs Hodgson say their son has overcome the odds before, after being born premature.

“The fierce love we have for Danny began the moment he entered the world – two weeks premature and weighing a tiny 2.3 kilos,” the couple said.

“As soon as he could walk, he was kicking a football.”

The couple told how Danny, who played for ECU Joondalup, was only five when we took him to his first training session with his local Under 8s team.

“He didn’t know anyone and stood nervously on the sidelines, not wanting to join in despite encouragement from the coach,” Mr Hodgson’s parents said.

“Eventually, with only minutes remaining, Danny ran on to the pitch, got the ball, dribbled around three players, and smashed it straight into the corner of the goal, stunning onlookers.“It wasn’t long before the professional teams were coming to watch him.

They told how they were “immensely proud” of his achievements both on and off the field.

“He is hard working, kind-hearted, funny, and quite simply a lovely young man,” they said.

Danny’s girlfriend Jess said she has never felt more lost without him, despite keeping vigil at his bedside since the attack.

“But it is not the same as waking up every morning to the smiling, positive, happy soul I'm lucky to have every day,” she said.

“With hope, love and keeping positive, this will all be a bad dream soon and we can get on with making many more happy memories together."

The young soccer star had recently received the support of 76,000 fans at one of the game’s most famous grounds.

A capacity crowd had packed into Old Trafford to see Cristiano Ronaldo score a brace on his return to Manchester United, during which stadium announcer Alan Keegan called on the capacity crowd to cheer for Danny.

A GoFundMe page fundraiser has already attracted more than $120,000 from almost 2000 donors.

The donations are expected to cover the short and long-term financial costs related to the incident and will go towards his mortgage so his girlfriend does not have to worry about working.

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