Luciano Galletti played for a host of top European clubs and the Argentina national team before he was forced to end his career two years ago, at the age of just 30, due to kidney failure.
However, the winger is hoping to launch a comeback after his father decided to donate a kidney to him.
Galletti played for the likes of Napoli, Real Zaragoza, Atletico Madrid and Olympiacos in an illustrious career and was capped 13 times for Argentina.
Perhaps his most famous moment came in the 2004 Spanish Cup final when he scored an extra-time winner for Zaragoza against Real Madrid.
However, he was diagnosed with a rare virus back in 1999 that saw his kidneys slowly deteriorate - and he was forced to retire in 2010 on the advice of doctors.
"The virus affected both kidneys. I had several examinations and both my mother and father were compatible matches," he told Argentina radio station La Plata.
"My father chose to give me his kidney though because he is an athlete and his kidney is 100 per cent healthy."
Galletti then told Argentinean television station Todo Noticias that he hopes to resume his playing career after the transplant on October 2.
"I will try (to play) again with a vengeance. If everything goes well, in a month or 20 days I could start basic training," he said.
"After a month and a half I could start training with a team and doctors told me if all is well I can go back to playing football professionally."