Injuries have always been looked at as footballers’ biggest rivals.
Several promising careers have been prematurely ruined by injuries, causing scenarios that are hard to see and talk about.
Some footballers have been forced to quit the game after career-threatening injuries.
However, there are a few stories emerging out of the rubble that tell the opposite.
Several footballers have conquered the threat to script brave careers after battling injuries.
Here are 5 of those stories that saw footballers coming back from career-threatening injuries against the odds.
5. Ronaldo Nazario
Ronaldo ruptured his tendon during the 1999/2000 season and returned four months later, but his knee cap burst and he could barely walk after this incident.
Ronaldo made just 8 appearances for Inter Milan in the 1999/00 season and did not play a single game in the 2000/01 season.
But much to the joy of every football fan in the world, Ronaldo returned to football before the 2002 World Cup. The Rest, as they say, is history.
4. Eduardo da Silva
In February 2008, Silva’s left fibula broke open after a horrific tackle from Birmingham City defender Martin Taylor.
The force of impact resulted in his ankle getting broken.
Such was the brutality he suffered that the broadcaster Sky Sports did not even show pictures of his injury during live TV.
Silva did not feature in any PL game for Arsenal in 2007-08 but finally became fit enough to play 90 minutes in 2008-09.
3. Djibril Cisse
A game against Blackburn Rovers in October 2004 changed Cisse’s career. His leg got caught in the ground and snapped.
The trainers did not wait for him to get to hospital and pulled back his bone effectively.
It was first rumored that he might be out for 18 months. But to everybody’s surprise he returned to action in April 2005 during Liverpool’s UCL tie with Juventus.
2. Petr Cech
Petr Cech famous skull cap is not a fashion statement.
On 14 October 2006, Reading midfielder Stephen Hunt’s right knee hit Cech’s head after a nasty collision.
Cech was deemed fit enough to play, a decision widely regretted by many to this day.
The delay in treatment almost cost Cech his life and he did not play any football for the next three months.
He suffered intense headaches due to injury and has revealed that he has no memory of the incident.
1. Santi Cazorla
Cazorla injured his right achilles tendon in an UCL tie against Ludogorets in October 2016.
Cazorla was operated eight times on the ankle and the affected area also got infected.
All of this led to fears that he will never be able to play football again.
Cazorla was representing Arsenal during the injury period and the London club released him in 2018.
After nearly two years without playing football, Cazorla took the pitch for Villarreal in August 2018 to huge applause.