Former captain of Cameroon's national side, Rigobert Song, suffered a stroke and subsequently went into a coma on 2 October 2016. The 40-year-old suffered from cerebral aneurysm.
Song waved to the crowd of supporters as he was flown to Paris on Tuesday afternoon for further treatment after regaining consciousness. His treatment and medical bill was sponsored by President Paul Biya, Cameroon's health minister, Andre Mama Foudam, said.
Meanwhile, the retired footballer nephew who plays for Arsenal, Alexandre Song, said in a statement:
"At this moment my family is living difficult times. We are touched by the love and support of Cameroonians and elsewhere.
"We wish that those who tarnish the image of Song, publishing rumours and indecent photos, think about us and the children who are reading.
"Let’s uphold our dignity."