The world of football has received a blow as former Sunderland goalkeeper Marton Fulop has died at the age of 32.
According to BBC, Marton Fulop died after a battle with cancer.
Fulop played for nine English clubs after joining Tottenham from MTK Budapest in 2004 and also represented Hungary on 24 occasions.
He had a tumour removed from his arm in 2013 but never played professional football again.
He played 47 times for the Black Cats between 2006 and 2010 and last appeared for Town in 2011, making 38 appearances for the Suffolk club in all.
Fulop also played for Tottenham and West Brom and had loan spells at Chesterfield, Coventry, Leicester, Stoke and Manchester City.
Scotland Under-21 coach Ricky Sbragia, who managed Fulop at Sunderland, said the goalkeeper was “different class”.
He added: “Marton was a lovely man – you talk about being a good friend and doing everything for you and being there.
“He was great for me as a manager, he did everything I asked and kept us in the Premier League at a time when Craig Gordon was injured.
“He was a big focal point in the team and I’ve got great memories of him.”
Several other teams have paid tribute, including his former club Ipswich Town, who tweeted: “Our thoughts are with Marton’s friends and family at this immensely difficult time. He was aged just 32.”
Fulop spent three years at Spurs between 2004 and 2007, although he never played a first-team game. Former Spurs team-mate Ledley King fondly remembered his friend, tweeting he was “shocked and saddened by the news”.
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