Arsenal Goalkeeper Aron Ramsdale’s huge paycheck gift Saves former teammates career

Arsenal goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale has won hearts as he stood up to financially support his former teammate Connor Dimaio on a career-saving operation.

Connor Dimaio

The non-league club Matlock Town has begun a fundraising campaign to help pay for the knee surgery that midfielder Connor Dimaio needs. After suffering a devastating knee injury, former Stockport County and Sheffield United player Connor Dimaio now require ACL reconstruction, and the club is “prioritizing” having him undergo private surgery. 

Due to lengthy NHS wait times, the 27-year-old is unable to treat himself and is now trying to raise £6000 to pay for private surgery.

Matlock Town contacted Derby County fans last week in an effort to raise the necessary funds, and the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) has agreed to cover a portion of the bill. Arsenal No. 1 stepped in to help, donating £1000 to the effort. The England keeper left a message stating that Dimaio is a legend and that he should get this opportunity because he is deserving.

In the past, Ramsdale and Dimaio shared rosters with each other while playing for Sheffield United and Chesterfield, respectively. Ramsdale’s generous donation helped Matlock Town reach its target, as they have confirmed via Twitter.

Matlock Town boss wishes Connor Dimaio the best health

“We all want to come together and show our support for Connor and his family after his devastating injury which has hit us all hard,” said Matlock boss Martin Carruthers.

“He is a fantastic young man and we all want to ensure he recovers as quickly as possible and he can return to the Gladiators in the new year fitter and stronger than before.

“The PFA will help support his operation but we still need to help support Connor and his family in this difficult financial climate to ensure they can survive with the increasing living costs and also help support them with their newborn child.

“We have to look after our own and ensure he gets the best medical treatment as he will be a valuable asset for us and will be like a new signing the quicker we can get him back and fully rehabilitated.”

Tanzeem Rahman

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Tanzeem Rahman is a soccer writer and an editor at SportsZion. Tanzeem's love for the sport began by watching and admiring Cristiano Ronaldo in his early Manchester United days. Having graduated from Germany as an Electrical Engineer, Tanzeem has watched multiple high-profile games throughout Europe from the gallery. His knowledge and enthusiasm for the sport, as well as sublime english proficiency has been an asset to SportsKnot. Outside of his duty, Tanzeem is a gamer, and loves to spend time watching Anime and reading Manga.


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