Soccer superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has sent a personal message to a young football player who was nearly killed in a horrific one-punch attack.
Danny Hodgson, 26, was allegedly attacked near Perth Train Station on September 4 on his way home from a soccer game.
He was rushed to Royal Perth Hospital with severe head injuries, and underwent emergency surgery for bleeding to the brain and a skull fracture.
The promising soccer star (pictured) briefly woke up but was again sedated and placed back on a ventilator after a tracheotomy
Superstar Cristiano Ronaldo sent a supportive video message wishing Danny Hodgson well
The personal trainer, originally from Cumbria in north-west England, suffered severe brain haemorrhaging.
Mr Hodgson opened his eyes this week but had to be sedated and placed back on a ventilator after having a tracheotomy to protect his airway.
Cristiano Ronaldo recorded a supportive video message for Hodgson, saying he hoped he got better soon and invited him to a Manchester United match in the UK.
‘Hi Danny, I just heard about your story, I hope you get well soon. I invite you to come to one of our games in Manchester, so get well soon my friend,’ he said in the video.
Dean Henderson, Ronaldo’s team mate and a goalkeeper for the famous side, also reached out to the 26-year-old, who he played alongside at Carlisle United early in their careers.
‘Stay strong, stay in there, you’ll get through this, I promise,’ he said.
Nicola and Peter Hodgson made a desperate dash to Perth from the UK and said it was a beautiful moment to hold their stricken boy’s hand
‘I know how hard you are and you’ll be fine.
‘I can’t wait to get you over to a [Manchester United] game and meet the boys. I’ve told them all about you and we’re all in your corner … we just wish you all the very best.’
The 26-year-old’s parents meanwhile have finally been allowed to see their stricken son after flying into Western Australia from the UK.
After receiving an exemption, Nicola and Peter Hodgson flew to Perth to be with their son.
Danny opened his eyes this week but had to be sedated and placed back on a ventilator after having a tracheotomy to protect his airway.
Danny Hodgson (pictured with his partner Jessica) was knocked to the ground in an unprovoked attack
Peter Hodgson said the saga has been ‘really difficult’ but he believes his son will ‘pull through’ after spending time with him, PerthNow reported.
‘Just to be able to touch him and hold him, hold his hand — it was beautiful,’ Peter Hodgson said.
‘We know it’s going to be a very long road ahead.’
Aside from the brief moment where they touched his hand, the Hodgsons had to see him from 1.5 metres away and wear full PPE clothing when they visited.
Nicola and Peter Hodgson landed in Perth at 3pm on Friday afternoon and headed straight to hotel quarantine but then received clearance to see their son
Danny’s family (pictured) back in the UK were desperate to be by his hospital bedside in Perth
Mr Hodgson Snr said he realised his son going back on a ventilator was to ‘prevent his condition worsening’.
Football communities in England and Australia have rallied to raise $160,000 towards the victim’s recovery.
Mr Hodgson’s Perth team ECU Joondalup played a benefit game raising $10,000.
The family received videos, well wishes, prayers, candles, holy water, flowers and hundreds of messages of support.
Danny Hodgson (pictured left with partner Jessica right), 25, was attacked while on his way home from an end of season game in Perth on Saturday night
A 15-year-old boy was charged with grievous bodily harm on Wednesday over Mr Hodgson’s alleged assault.
He faced more than 20 charges.
ECU coach Kenny Lowe who formerly coached in the A-League told Perth radio station 6PR that Mr Hodgson is a ‘top bloke’.
‘What’s happened – I wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy. I can’t imagine what it’s doing to his family being so far away,’ he said.