I was a Premier League midfielder and Aston Villa star before tragedy struck. My name is Dalian Atkinson and I was born in Shrewsbury, England in 1968. I started my career at Ipswich Town in 1985 and went on to play for Sheffield Wednesday, Real Sociedad, Manchester City, and Aston Villa. I was a talented and creative midfielder who was known for his dribbling ability and powerful shooting.
At Aston Villa, I was a key player in the team that won the League Cup in 1994. I scored the winning goal in the final against Manchester United, and it was a moment that I will never forget. I was also part of the team that reached the FA Cup final in 2000, but unfortunately we lost to Chelsea.
My career was cut short in 2001 when I suffered a serious knee injury. I was forced to retire from professional football and I was devastated. I had been playing at the highest level for 16 years and it was a difficult time for me.
Unfortunately, tragedy struck in 2016 when I died at the age of 48. I had been suffering from a number of health issues, including a heart condition, and I had been in and out of hospital for some time. My death was a huge shock to the football world and I was remembered fondly by many of my former teammates and opponents.
I may have been gone for four years now, but I will never be forgotten. I was a Premier League midfielder and Aston Villa star before tragedy struck, and I will always be remembered for my skill, creativity, and passion for the game.