Arsenal captain Robin van Persie hailed Fabrice Muamba as an 'unbelievable fighter' as the pair shared a warm embrace in London on Thursday night
The Bolton midfielder was guest of honour at the Football Writers' Association dinner as Van Persie collected the award for player of the year.
Fabrice suffered a cardiac arrest during an FA Cup match at White Hart Lane in March, during which his heart stopped beating for more than hour.
However, the former England Under 21 international who is well on the way to completing a remarkable recovery, was released from hospital three weeks ago.
He made an appearance at the Reebok Stadium on Wednesday night as Bolton hosted Tottenham in the Premier League, and was visibly moved by the reaction of both sets of fans.
And again in London on Thursday, Muamba was overcome by the standing ovation he received by members of the British media, while being greeted by Van Persie.
The pair had played together at Arsenal when the Dutchman first arrived at the club eight years ago, and speaking after the dinner, Van Persie paid tribute to his former team-mate.