Jonas Gutierrez is a modern day Newcastle United legend. Both on and off the pitch, the man is an inspiration.
While his performances in black and white often frustrated, one moment in 2015 brought a tear to the eye. It still does when I think about it.
In September 2014, Gutierrez confirmed that he was being treated for testicular cancer. This came almost a year after he had an operation to remove the testicle after a tumour was found.
He returned to Newcastle, but was deemed surplus to requirements and sent on loan to Norwich City in January 2014. At the end of the season, still suffering swelling and pain, Gutierrez began chemotherapy.
On February 28th 2015, he was an unused substitute in a 1-0 win against Aston Villa. Days later on March 4th, Newcastle welcomed Manchester United to St James’ Park.
In the 65th minute, with the score at 0-0, the number 18 was stripped and ready, set to play his first game since beating cancer. Gutierrez entered the field to a standing ovation, and was even handed the captain’s armband by close friend Fabricio Coloccini.
Gutierrez had beaten cancer and was back playing Premier League football.
Newcastle eventually lost the game 1-0 thanks to a late Ashley Young winner, but the best was yet to come from Gutierrez…
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