IT is now one year to the day since popular former Rangers defender Fernando Ricksen sadly passed away after succumbing to Motor Neurone Disease.

The ex-Netherlands internationalist was just 43 when he died and today, on the one-year anniversary of his death, those close to Ricksen have been posting poignant tributes in his memory.

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One year without you our love ❤️💙😔 time just flys , year too short... so empty without your smile , jokes , calm and love I miss you so badly 😭 it’s broke my heart to loose you so early . We love you so much our angel . Forever yours Isabella and Veronika 🙏🏽💙❤️ #fernandoricksen #loveyouforever #loveyoutothemoonandback #neverforgotten #sleepwell #mystar #ricksen4ever

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His wife, Veronika, posted a picture on Instagram with the caption: "One year without you our love ❤️💙😔 time just flys , year too short... so empty without your smile , jokes , calm and love I miss you so badly 😭 it’s broke my heart to loose you so early . We love you so much our angel . Forever yours Isabella and Veronika 🙏🏽💙❤️ #fernandoricksen #loveyouforever #loveyoutothemoonandback #neverforgotten #sleepwell #mystar"

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One year ago today always in my heart brother I love u to bits amigo💙❤️💙❤️

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Former Ibrox striker Nacho Novo, who played alongside Ricksen in Glasgow's south side, shared a picture of his old team-mate with the caption: "One year ago today always in my heart brother I love u to bits amigo💙❤️💙❤️"