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11th Apr 2015

Stiliyan Petrov beats cancer and wins football trophy with Sunday League team…

What a legend...

Ben Kenyon

He may be a Celtic and Aston Villa legend with a trophy cabinet full of silverware.

But Stiliyan Petrov says the cup he has just won with a Sunday League side is up there with his UEFA Cup medal.

The Bulgarian midfielder has played in some illustrious games in his career…but said the victory was just as sweet winning the Central Warwickshire Over-35s Premier Division One Cup Final with Wychall Wanderers.

It comes after he was given the all-clear from leukaemia.

He told Mirror Sport: “It will go next to my UEFA Cup medal – every medal is valuable through my career and this will definitely go there.

“But it is more valuable than ­everything else – it is priceless. People may ask, ‘Why are you saying that?’ But I am satisfied.

“After my treatment people told me I can’t play football again, but now I can kick a ball again – even at this level and win something like this.

“I am still beside my family and I have managed to play nearly 90 minutes and win a cup. It is great.”

Magical stuff.

(H/T Mirror Sport)