DOMINIC MATTEO has bravely opened up on the brain tumour which nearly cost him his life.
The former Leeds United and Liverpool defender was diagnosed with a rare cancerous tumour in 2019 after suffering from persistent headaches.
Matteo was immediately referred to Leeds General Infirmary after the diagnosis, but his condition worsened.
The former Scotland international suffered a seizure due to the immense pressure being put on his brain.
And doctors had no choice but to perform emergency surgery to remove the tumour – from which he is still recovering.
Now, Matteo – who hung up his boots in 2009 – has revealed doctors informed him the tumour had most likely already formed while he was still playing.
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Recalling the ordeal to the BBC, Matteo, 49, said: "You can't believe it, can you?
"Obviously you get told what it is and it's been a childhood cancer and you've probably played your whole career with a brain tumour in your head."
Now that he's out of the woods, Matteo feels comfortable enough to crack some light-hearted jokes about the ordeal.
He continued: "I might have been a better player mightn't I?"
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