Portuguese club Boavista extends contract of cancer-stricken player

Getty Images

Portuguese first division side Boavista FC provided some goodwill to soccer fans across the world this week with a wonderful gesture towards one of its players.

The club announced that it had extended the contract of youth academy product Edu Ferreira until 2019, despite the player currently fighting a battle with cancer. Ferreira reportedly announced in November 2016 that he was diagnosed with cancer and has since been fighting for his life ever since.

With his contract reportedly set to finish at the end of this season, Boavista has decided to extend his deal, so Ferreira can focus on his battle off the field.

Boavista this week also expressed solidarity with Bernardo Tengarrinha, a former player who was recently diagnosed with leukemia. During a tough time for fans and players, it’s nice to see a club make these kind of gestures. Long may they continue.