Fit-Again Freddie's [Pounds Sterling]4.5m Bonanza; Boot-Deal Boost after Health Terror

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Fit-Again Freddie's [Pounds Sterling]4.5m Bonanza; Boot-Deal Boost after Health Terror


Byline: STEVE STAMMERS

FREDDIE LJUNGBERG, who admitted his recent terror over a health scare, today received a huge boost with a new [pounds sterling]4.5million boot deal.

Ljungberg revealed that he feared he had cancer - and was tested for AIDS - before doctors finally discovered that he was being poisoned by the ink from his own tattoos.

The Arsenal star has received the all-clear to play in tomorrow's FA Cup Final against Manchester United and will make his debut in his new Puma Cellerator Zero 5 boots.

Ljungberg, 28, has clinched a massive four-year contract with the sportswear company worth [pounds sterling]1.25m a year to wear the boots - although his Puma deal is still dwarfed by the [pounds sterling]3m a year that David Beckham ( adidas) and Thierry Henry (Nike) have signed and trails behind Michael Owen, Roy Keane and Wayne Rooney's deals.

The Swedish midfielder earned [pounds sterling]250,000 as a model for Calvin Klein but has revealed that he is frustrated by a hold-up in new contract talks with the club. Ljungberg has recovered to play in Cardiff after having surgery to remove the lymphatic gland in his hip after it became infected by the brightlycoloured inks in his tattoos. …

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