David Ginola becomes outright I’m a Celeb favourite after shocking heart attack story

Ginola has quickly found a place in the country’s hearts.

Newcastle United legend David Ginola continued to make the headlines on I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! last night.

The former footballer had a backseat role to play on Monday evening's show as ex-Emmerdale star Danny Miller took on the trial with Radio 1 Xtra's Snoochie Shy.

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Nonetheless, the Frenchman still managed to woo viewers for the second night running and, according to William Hill, has now become the outright favourite to win the hit ITV show.

Ginola is placed at 9/4 and moves away from second favourite Frankie Bridge, of The Saturdays fame, at 9/2.

On Monday's show, Ginola gave a rousing speech to Miller before he headed off to the trial and had viewers welling up as he recounted his near-death experience.

The NUFC star is competing on the ITV reality show this year (Image: ITV)The NUFC star is competing on the ITV reality show this year (Image: ITV)
The NUFC star is competing on the ITV reality show this year (Image: ITV)

In 2016, during a charity football match in France, the winger collapsed due to cardiac arrest and fell into a coma.

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Speaking on the show, Ginola said: “I passed away for 12 minutes.

“I was just playing football and at one stage you fall on the floor.

“They had to perform CPR for 12 minutes and then they arrived with the defibrillator.

“They shocked me one time, two times, three times... they said ‘we think your friend is dead’.

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“Then a fourth and the fifth time, and then there was a heartbeat.

“The surgeon said I was very lucky, it’s a miracle as nine out of 10 would have died.”

David stunned fellow campmates with the story (Image: ITV)David stunned fellow campmates with the story (Image: ITV)
David stunned fellow campmates with the story (Image: ITV)

Campmates Miller, Naughty Boy, Arlene Phillips and Richard Madeley listened with stunned faces as the former Premier League star recounted the tale.

It clearly hit home too with messages of love and support being sent Ginola's way to help him move to favourite.

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William Hill spokesperson Rupert Adams said: “Eating trials are hands down the best kind of trial on I’m A Celebrity, and credit where it’s due, because we didn’t give Danny a chance in the Diner.

"The ex-Emmerdale man remains deadlocked with Frankie (Bridge) as joint second favourite.

"Snoochie though will feel hard done to, having been beaten narrowly, and then being voted to face tomorrow’s Treacherous Traps trial.

“But Ginola once again stole the show with his spine-tingling, rousing and bordering on Churchillian pre-trial pep talk with Danny, before opening up about his near-death experience, on his way to odds of 9-4 by the end credits - having started the series on 11-2.”

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