Pepe Reina Reveals How He Ran Out Of Oxygen For 25 Minutes While Battling Coronavirus

Veteran goalkeeper Pepe Reina wants football to take a back-seat after suffering the “worst moments” of his life battling against coronavirus.

Reina, who is currently on loan to Aston Villa, announced last week he was recovering after catching COVID-19.

The Premier League is scheduled to return on April 30, but the 37-year-old believes players and fans will have to wait much longer.

Speaking to Corriere dello Sport, the former Liverpool keeper said: “I am winning the battle against coronavirus only now.

“The most difficult moment was when I could no longer breathe, the 25 minutes I ran out of oxygen.

 “The only real fear I had was when I understood that there was no oxygen: endless minutes of fear as if suddenly my throat had closed.

 “It was the worst moments of my life. I was very tired after experiencing the first symptoms of the virus.”

Reina firmly believes football is of secondary importance to health at this point.

 “Football takes a back seat. I don’t care much, really,” he added. “Everyone’s well-being goes above anything else.

“I will be a supporter of playing when everything is in the best conditions, that everyone is safe. Football cannot be a priority right now. It is not important to finish this league.

“I know and am aware of all the interests that exist around soccer, especially economic ones. But there are also many other areas, and right now the first thing is people’s health.

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“April 30 as an option for the Premier League to return seems to me that it will not be a real date and I think we are going to go much further.”

This article was most recently revised and updated 4 years ago