AOSTA (AFP) – A graphic artist in Italy has customised a pair of boots with the Danish flag and Inter Milan’s logo for footballer Christian Eriksen, who is recovering after collapsing during a match.
Salvatore Cosentino, 63, customises shoes for players and fans from his workshop in Aosta in Italy’s northwest tip and said he felt that a personalised pair dedicated to the Danish midfielder was the right thing to do.
“It’s a dedication,” Cosentino told AFP. “I’m an Inter fan and it’s just something that touched everyone.”
Eriksen fell to the ground suddenly during Denmark’s match against Finland at Euro 2020 last Saturday and was given CPR on the field as his stunned teammates and fans looked on. He was taken to the hospital, where he was stabilised.
The 29-year-old remains in hospital, but on Twitter on Tuesday he thanked his fans, saying he was “fine” but still undergoing tests.
Cosentino – who has worked for three decades as a graphic artist and also personalises Harley Davidsons – has been creating customised airbrushed shoes for the last two through a Milan-based company, Droma Sport, which also offers personalised shin guards.
Clients for the shoes, which can set one back a few hundred euros, have included Argentine player Alejandro Gomez and Belgium’s Romelu Lukaku. But most requests come from amateurs, who want their favourite team’s colours added to the shoes, or sometimes something even more personal.