Former Spurs and Newcastle star David Ginola is currently recovering in a Monaco hospital after suffering a heart attack earlier today while attending a golf tournament for retired sports stars in southern France. The 49-year-old former midfielder is currently unconscious but stable at a hospital in Monaco after being air-lifted there from a local hospital in southern France. The Chronicle has a story stream currently monitoring Ginola's condition.
Ginola spent three seasons at Tottenham, making 124 appearances and scoring 22 goals. His most famous goal at Spurs is likely this FA Cup golazo against Barnsley scored in his final season with the club:
In addition to his three seasons in north London, Ginola also spent two seasons at Newcastle as part of Kevin Keegan's Entertainers side that also featured future Spurs teammate Les Ferdinand as well as English legend Peter Beardsley and, in his second season with the club, all-time leading Premier League scorer Alan Shearer. Newcastle finished second in the league in both of Ginola's seasons with the club. Before his move from Newcastle to Spurs, Ginola had previously been linked with a move to Barcelona.
Since retiring in 2002, the Frenchman has worked as a pundit and actor and, famously, announced himself as a candidate for the FIFA presidency in January 2015 before dropping out two weeks later.
UPDATE: It appears the early reports of a heart attack may have been premature. Subsequent news updates indicated that Ginola had collapsed in hot weather and that it may be heat stroke related and not a cardiac incident. Ginola just tweeted the following from his Monaco hospital, while also taking a mild dig at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar (one of his platforms following his failed bid for the FIFA presidency).
Footy match in the midday sun, not very clever. Now having some tests done. Whoever voted for a World Cup in Qatar in the summer?— David Ginola (@teamginola) May 19, 2016