Atlético Madrid midfielder’s comeback from brain cancer and mother’s paralysis
Bartosz Kapustka holds the Polish national team’s senior honour
Kapustka and wife, Józefa, were in their native Poland on holiday when his cancer returned.
With his condition worsening, Kapustka decided that there was less than a month to live.
He told the club he was making his official announcement to retire from football, having played a total of 947 games for Atlético Madrid.
The former Poland international played until 2018, when he suffered a severe stroke. He told the club the surgery was a success and he could resume normal activity.
The 38-year-old also revealed he had been left with no family left in Poland he could visit. He was brought up by his mother and grandmother following the death of his father, Pawel, a former footballer.