EXCLUSIVE: Celtic and Aston Villa hero Stiliyan Petrov opens up about cancer battle in heartfelt talkSPORT interview

Celtic and Aston Villa hero Stiliyan Petrov opened up about his battle with cancer in a heartfelt interview on talkSPORT.

The Bulgarian football icon joined Jim White in the studio to discuss the fates of his former clubs, why he was not offered a playing deal with Villa, and his recovery from illness.

The 37-year-old was diagnosed with acute leukaemia on 30 March 2012, having undergone tests after developing a fever following a game against Arsenal.

He refused to retire, and even remained Villa’s club captain as he underwent his fight, and less than five months later, on 2 August 2015, Petrov’s leukaemia was announced to be in remission.

Speaking to Jim, he reveals he thought he was going to die during the illness, as well as the struggles with battling cancer – such as not being able to see his children if they were even slightly ill.

But the much-loved hero used his belief and desire to overcome the illness, and football fans everywhere have taken inspiration from Petrov to fight their own battles.

You can listen to the incredible interview above…

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