Ever imagined what could possibly be the worst or most horrific football injuries of all time? There have been hundreds of gruesome football injuries in the history of the beautiful game. Some were simply football plays, while a few of them were a freaky coincidence.
The beautiful game of football could decide not to be beautiful at times, sadly because the injury is part of the game and in that sense, it is an inevitable marriage that can’t be separated from the game.
Football has been the most-watched and followed sport in the globe, regardless of the wealth, fame, and popularity that comes with being a footballer, the stringent and physical part of is one part players would perhaps wish it isn’t part of it, but unfortunately they can’t take that part off.
Over the years many players have suffered heart-wrenching, horrifying, and scary football injuries, lots have gone through rehabilitation to return to the pitch. While for other footballers, injuries have forced them out of a seemingly glamorous career. But in some instances, the most horrific football injuries have not been the end of an injured player’s career.
Join us as we rank the 10 of the most horrific and famous football injuries in football.
- Andrea Gomes – (Everton)
The Everton and Portuguese international suffered a horrific fracture-dislocation on his right ankle in 2019, during a clash between Tottenham Hotspur and Everton at the Goodison Park. Gomes was involved in a tackle from behind by Son Heung-Min, before a collision into Serge Aurier which led to a horrifying scene that put the footballing world in distress and sober mood.
Gomes’s injury was so bad that the players on the pitch couldn’t look at it and left them in tears, as the Portuguese midfielder was taken off the field in serious pain. A day after the horrific injury, the club issued a statement saying that they’re confident the midfielder would make a full recovery, following surgery on his ankle.
As Gomes was been taken off the pitch, the question that would be going through the mind of some Everton’s faithful and the Portuguese fans is how long would the injury last, or when would Gomes recover from the injury?
In a case of such injury to a player, the healing process of the injury takes nothing less than six months or a year before the player gets back to full fitness which is expected due to the severity of the injury.
- Ryan Mason – (Retired)
Mason is one of the few football stars that weren’t lucky enough to return to the field of play after his head injury in 2017 due to the risk associated with the injury. The former Hull City midfielder was forced to retire from the game, having taken medical advice.
Mason suffered a fractured skull to his head that required a swift surgery after clashing his head with Chelsea’s former center back Gary Cahill.
After the clash of heads between both players, the midfielder undergoes successful surgery on his head, and thereafter went through a rehabilitation process for the rest of the season in an attempt to return to the pitch which couldn’t happen as he went into coaching.
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- Luke Shaw – (Manchester United)
With less than nine months to the Euro Nations Cup in 2016, Shaw suffered a broken tibia and fibula to his right leg in United’s 2-1 Champions League loss at PSV Eindhoven, following Hector Moreno’s tackle which was termed a very bad tackle by then manager Louis Van Gaal.
The perpetrator on the day Moreno escaped been booked by the referee Nicola Rizzoli, Shaw with oxygen in his mouth in other to aid his breathing before he was stretched off the pitch. Thereafter the Mexican extended a message of support to the left-back and wished him to get well soon, saying he knows how he feels that he’s been there before as a victim.
As a result of the fracture of the leg in two places, the former Southampton star missed the entire campaign trying to get back to fitness through rehabilitation.
- Aaron Ramsey – (Juventus)
The year 2010 is one sad and unpleasant year the Wales international and he wouldn’t forget in a hurry. Against Stoke City Ramsey suffered what looked like a career-threatening injury, when he was faced with a horrible tackle from Ryan Shawcross that led to a double fracture to his right leg.
Ramsey’s injury was so shocking that even the Gunners fans couldn’t remember that the team’s victory on that sad day. The perpetrator (Shawcross) was left in tears and was immediately sent off with a red card, even though the damage has already been done in what cumulated into a nine months layoff to the Wales international.
Just like many who have been able to surmount such injuries and come back stronger, all thanks to swift and professional surgery, top-notch medications, and a world-class rehabilitation program. In that sense, Ramsey was also in that class, as he went on to play top-flight football thereafter with Arsenal before moving to Juventus.
- Marcin Wasilewski – (Wisla Krakow)
The Pole and Krakow defender was also one of the unfortunate players, that suffered a career-threatening injury while playing the beautiful game of soccer. In 2009, Wasilewski suffered a horrible open leg fracture in the Belgian Jupiler League, in a match between two of the famous clubs in the land Anderlecht and Standard Liege.
The unpalatable event happened in the 26th minute of the match when Belgium international Axel Witsel made a challenge on Wasilewski’s with his studs directly planted on his leg. The injury left the Pole screaming in pain on the pitch with his leg dangling, as Witsel was sent off with a red card, and thereafter he was suspended for eight games by the FA over the incident.
After the injury, Wasilewski underwent corrective surgery to his open fractures of both the tibia and fibula, which took him away from the game for a long time. However, following a long rehabilitation, he finally made his return in 2010 and thereafter celebrated his come back with a goal against Zulte Waregem.
- Eduardo Da Silva – (Retired)
When talking about one of the most horrific football injuries, Eduardo’s will always be remembered. The former Arsenal suffered a broken left fibula and an open dislocation of his left ankle, through a tackle by Birmingham City’s Martin Taylor in a match between Arsenal and Birmingham. The tackle from Taylor was an unpleasant one, which ended in an unpalatable situation for the Croatian.
Immediately after the gruesome injury, Eduardo was taken to Selly Oak hospital, with only former Arsenal’s midfielder Gilberto Silva been the only person present at the hospital to help translate the communication between the doctors and Eduardo.
Following the success of his surgery, his recovery process took almost a year before the Croatian could return to full fitness. Le Professor initially called for a lifetime ban for Taylor, he however retracted his comments later as Eduardo returned to playing football again for the Gunners before he later moved to Shakhtar Donetsk.
- Inigo Diaz De Cerio – (Retired)
The retired Spaniard was also involved in a serious injury following a collision with Eiber’s player Zigor, fracturing his tibia and fibula of his right leg that almost put an end to his football career. Inigo Diaz’s football career has rescued all thanks to a successful surgery by the club’s medical staff.
His recovery just like other players took him a year before he returned to full fitness in the group stage of the UEFA Europa League against C.D. Nacional of Portugal. A year after his injury, Inigo Diaz switched club to a new Basque side in Athletic Bilbao in 2009, on a four-year contract after his deal with Real Sociedad expired.
Diaz returned to action almost one year after his injury and subsequently went on to play for Cordoba, Numancia, and Mirandes towards the end of his football career.
- Kieron Dyer – (Ipswich’s Manager)
In all of the teams the former England midfielder has don their shirt during his football career, the London side West Ham is perhaps the club he wouldn’t forget.
After completing a four-year deal move to West Ham for £6 million, he made his debut in an away win against Birmingham City and after that match, Dyer’s time at the Boleyn Ground was marred with injuries.
Luck wasn’t really on the side of the former midfielder at West Ham, as an unpleasant injury befell him which resulted in him been stretched off the pitch, following a tackle from Joe Jacobson of Bristol Rovers in a league cup match, just ten days after his debut. Jacobson’s tackle resulted in Dyer’s leg been broken in two places, and he ended up missing the rest of the campaign.
While going through his healing and rehabilitation process, there were speculations that the injury might be the end of his career, however, Dyer was able to surmount those torrid times and went on to played football again.
- Petr Cech – (Chelsea’s Goalkeeper Trainer)
Cech doesn’t just turn popular with his goalkeeping helmet in a night, that was made possible due to a head injury he picked up following a collision with Reading’s midfielder Stephen Hunt. The former Chelsea goalkeeper case is a testament to the fact that not only the outfield players are at risk of involving in a career-threatening injury.
The event which happened at the Madejski Stadium, in 2006 a dark day the goalkeeper almost lost his life on the pitch while playing the beautiful game. Amid fears of the blood clot he suffered on the head, Cech was rushed to the hospital where he underwent emergency surgery for a depressed fracture of the skull.
After a successful surgery, it’s was reported that the goalkeeper would be out for at least a year, surprisingly Cech made a quick return to the team just three months later. His return to the pitch of play was aided with a protective rugby look-alike helmet, meant to protect his weakened skull caused by Hunt’s collision and he went to used it till he retired as a professional goalkeeper.
- Djibril Cisse – (Retired)
The former Liverpool forward is perhaps the only player, that could be said to have been unfortunate with injuries especially a horrific one like a broken leg twice. The first unpleasant injury he suffered was in 2004 while playing for his new club, while the second horrifying injury happened in 2006 while playing for Les Blues against China.
Cisse could have lost his leg following a horrific injury while playing for the Kop in 2004 if it wasn’t for the swift actions of the club’s medical team. The first leg double fracture happened against Blackburn after his boot got caught up in the turf which resulted in a fractured leg.
Two years after the Blackburn horror, in France’s final warm-up match against China in 2006, Cisse suffered yet another broken leg in just ten minutes into the game having been knocked off balance by China’s captain Zheng Zhi, before falling awkwardly with his leg dangling underneath him.
Cisse missed the 2006 World Cup due to the injury, but within six months he was back on his feet due to his remarkable zeal, strength, and passion for the beautiful game.
- Raul Jimenez’s Injury – (2020, Skull Fracture)
- Dave Busst
- Luciano Almeida’s Injury – (2007, Broken Leg)
- Alan Smith’s Injury – (2006, Broken Leg)
- Jacob Olsen’s Injury – (2006, Dislocation Of Left Ankle)
- Henrik Larsson’s Injury – (1991, Broken Leg In Two Places)
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7 Of The Most Loyal Football Players
When it comes to loyalty and commitment in the beautiful game, there are few football players who are able to pledge their allegiance and refused to be swayed by big offers. For every Ashley Cole, there’s also a Totti.
There are players who when they reach their potentials, will get easily swayed by money and the probable fame that will follow their transition to other clubs. While other players would simply remain at their current club because of the love they have for the club.
The first set of players who leave the club when bigger clubs come calling are always remembered for their exploits while at the club. But, the second type of football player who ignores the temptations of leaving their ‘most loved’ football club sides is regarded as heroes.
Meanwhile, there are some known players who have showcased utmost loyalty for their respective clubs. For instance, Francesco Totti waved off Real Madrid’s offer in 2006, stating AS Roma as his family and he’s never seen a situation where a child would leave his poor parents to go live with rich strangers.
But what about other unpopular loyal players like Francesco Totti, Stephen Gerrard or even Mark Noble?.
Here’s a list of 7 most loyal football players
- David Zibung (Goalkeeper) – FC Luzern (18 Years +)
The life of this Swiss goalkeeper has been all about his boyhood club, FC Luzern. The +37-year old was born in Hergiswil which is in the Nidwalden region in Switzerland.
He joined the youth team of FC Luzern in 1999 and was there till 2003. Zibung grew in leaps and bounds with the Luzern main team, ever since he broke into the first team, he’s never for once considered leaving the club.
Technically, Zibung would’ve spent eighteen years at Luzern by July 2021. But he’s definitely spent more than eighteen years given that he’s been at the club’s feeder team before 2003.
Zibung remains one of the oldest and longest-serving loyal goalkeepers of the Swiss League.
- Hidekazu Otani (Midfielder) – Kashiwa Reysol (18 Years)
Otani is a midfielder of note, who joined his one and only club in 2000 as a teenager. Now 36 years-old, Okami has been deployed in many parts of the midfield but his natural position is the defensive midfield where he plays comfortably well.
The Japanese veteran midfielder has on numerous occasions been offered to leave his club but his love for the Sun King club has held him back so much so that he’s willing to retire at the club when the time comes.
While some quarters may believe that Hidekazu Okani had been at Kashiwa for eighteen years, the fans of the club see him as an integral part of the club’s history given that he’s won laurels with the club severally.
- Igor Akinfeev (Goalkeeper) – CSKA Moscow (18 Years)
Akinfeev is probably the most popular player we’re x-raying in this Exposé. Akinfeev, Russian, is the Russian National Team goalkeeper and captain, as well as his club side, CSKA Moscow.
History has it that the 34-year old shot-stopper has been at CSKA Moscow since the age of four. His father sent him to the Sports School of CSKA where he began his goalkeeping career and won the Russian Junior Championship in 2002 with the CSKA Moscow team.
Akinfeev would make his debut for CSKA Moscow at sixteen, precisely 2001 where he saved a penalty and also had a clean sheet. He has played over five hundred matches for CSKA Moscow, winning six Russian Cup titles, six Russian Premier League titles as well as the 2005 UEFA Cup with the club.
His incredible rise to stardom is down to his personality and ingenuity as a goalkeeper. He’s arguably the best goalkeeper the Russian nation has ever produced and has been on several international tournaments for the country since he joined the national team.
It may sound bizarre but Akinfeev has spent thirty years at the Red-blues. That is a huge commitment mixed with loyalty.
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- Ismed Sofyan (Defender) – Persita Jakarta (18 Years)
Talking about the most loyal player, Sofyan’s loyalty isn’t about his club alone, it’s for his country and his country’s elite league, The Indonesian Super League – Not that he’s an amateur.
Yes, he may have played for a couple of club sides in the Indonesian league, but his love and unwavering support for his country is immeasurable.
Sofyan currently plays for Persita Jakarta, a club he joined in 2002 that has made him become the longest-serving player in the club until now. The 41year-old right full-back is a free-kick specialist. He was only privileged to play for the Indonesian National Team for just 53 times.
- Dean Lewington (Defender) – Milton Keynes Dons FC (18 Years)
As of July 2020, Lewinton is the longest-serving player for a single club in English League having spent sixteen years with The Dons.
The English left-back joined MK Dons after a successful spell with Wimbledon in 2004. Lewington, 32, has made over seven hundred appearances with more than 250 different team-mates.
He’s witnessed two promotions and relegations as the club’s captain for the years he’s been at MK Dons and he’s grateful for the sort of longevity he’s had.
He told daily mail in 2016 ‘It’s not like the Premier League where you get five-year deals. It is one or two years. When we won promotion to the Championship in 2015, I was out of contract on the final day as we were celebrating.’
- Koji Homa (Goalkeeper) – Mito HollyHock (21 Years)
Undoubtedly a popular figure in the Japanese league, the 43-year-old goalkeeper currently plays for the above-named club in the second tier of the Japanese League, J2.
After graduating from high school, he joined the J1 League side Urawa Reds in 1996 but couldn’t play more often before crossing to Mito HollyHock in 1999 and never looked back.
He’s helped Mito HollyHock achieve some amazing feats since he joined in 1999 with the biggest of them being the promotion of the club to J2 in 2000.
In his twenty-one-year sojourn with the club, Koji Homma holds the record for the player with the highest number of matches played in J2.
- Lee Casciaro (Forward) – Lincoln Red Imps (22 Years)
The 38-year-old Gibraltar striker scored the only goal of the game when his Gibraltarian minnows club (Lincoln Red Imps) shocked Celtic and to a larger extent, the rest of Europe in their Champions League qualifier at the Victoria Stadium in 2016,
Cascario, 39, has been at the club since he was eight years old and has spent twenty-three years as a first-team member.
It should be agreed that Lincoln Red Imps was made for Cascario, given that two of his younger brothers have played for the club as well.
With three international goals, Lee Henry Cascario is currently Gibraltar’s all-time goalscorer since the 33,684 populated nation joined UEFA.
- Iker Muniain (Athletic Bilbao): 11 years, 8 months, 3 days
- Tarantini (Rio Ave): 12 years, 2 months, 4 days
- Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich): 12 years, 2 months, 4 days
- Stefan Radu (Lazio): 12 years, 2 months, 4 days
- Vincent Manceau (Angers SCO): 12 years, 2 months, 4 days
- Anthony Lopes (Lyon): 12 years, 2 months, 4 days
- Koke (Atletico Madrid): 12 years, 2 months, 4 days
- Roberto Torres (Osasuna): 12 years, 2 months, 4 days
- Gerard Pique (Barcelona): 12 years, 2 months, 4 days
- Alan Dzagoev (CSKA Moscow): 12 years, 8 months, 3 days
- Mario Gaspar Perez (Villarreal): 12 years, 8 months, 3 days
- Guilherme (Lokomotiv Moscow): 13 years, 1 month, 3 days
- Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur): 13 years, 1 month, 10 days
- Volodymyr Chesnakov (Vorskla Poltava): 13 years, 2 months, 3 days
- Mahmut Tekdemir (Istanbul Basaksehir): 13 years, 2 months, 3 days
- Marcel Schmelzer (Borussia Dortmund): 13 years, 2 months, 3 days
- Sergio Busquets (Barcelona): 13 years, 2 months, 3 days
- Andriy Pyatov (Shakhtar Donetsk): 13 years, 8 months, 3 days
- Anton Shunin (Dynamo Moscow): 13 years, 8 months, 3 days
- Marcelo (Real Madrid): 13 years, 8 months, 3 days
- Sammy Bossut (Zulte Waregem): 14 years, 2 months, 4 days
- Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid): 15 years, 4 days
- Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus): 15 years, 2 months, 4 days
- Francesco Magnanelli (Sassuolo): 15 years, 2 months, 4 days
- Jessy Moulin (Saint-Etienne): 15 years, 2 months, 4 days
- Oier (Osasuna): 15 years, 2 months, 4 days
- Sergio Alvarez (Celta de Vigo): 16 years, 2 months, 4 days
- Mark Noble (West Ham United): 16 years, 8 months, 3 days
- Lionel Messi: (Barcelona): 16 years, 8 months, 3 days
- Denis Sinyayev(FC Avangard Kursk)18 years
- Ismaeil Matar (Al-Wahda): 19 years
- Petr Literak(Frýdek-Místek): 22 years
Erling Haaland: The Story Behind His Striking Rise
Erling Haaland was always going to become the ultimate striker and probably the best number 9 on the planet. Also, there’s every possibility that one day, he may become a Ballon D’or winner. But, there’s still one mystery, how did he become the cyborg that he is today?
Haaland continues to be a goal machine, becoming the quickest player in history to reach 20 Champions League goals. His goal from the spot in the UCL round-16 second leg tie against Sevilla was his 20th goal in just 14 appearances in the competition, which broke Harry Kane’s previous record of 24 games.
“Of course he’s fast, powerful, good around the goal and he’s got real soccer sense. But it’s more of his energy, it’s his infectious personality that I think is like a magnet; it draws people to him, it makes people want to be around him.” Those are the words of Red Bull Salzburg manager, Jesse Marsch.
Grab a handful of popcorn and sit back as we unfold the story behind the rise of this Norwegian beast, goal machine, and keeper’s nightmare, Erling Braut Haaland.
Haaland’s Salzburg Breakthrough
As at when Jesse Marsch was appointed as Salzburg manager, Haaland had been at the club for about six months and had only played one game. And then he went to the U-20 World Cup where he scored nine goals in one game.
From his Salzburg debut, Haaland, who had already impressed at the Norwegian league with Bryne and Molde left observers with no doubt about the quality he possesses.
He would become one of the best strikers on the planet because the talent in him was very obvious. In a chat with oh-my-goal, Jesse Marsch revealed that Haaland’s personality was the first thing he fell in love with about Haaland.
“The first couple of days I worked with him, what impressed me more than anything else was his personality on the pitch. He was just relentless! He worked harder than anyone.”
But beyond his raw talent in Salzburg, Erling Haaland left his mark on the locker room with his personality. He had a smile on his face and got along incredibly well with his teammates. Therefore, it wasn’t just his talent, it was his overall energy.
Erling in person had a really positive influence on his teammates. Erling the player, was a selfish assassin who scored 29 goals in 27 appearances for the Austrian club.
Meanwhile, he also always talked about making his teammates happy. “The best memory I Had of him was when we were getting penalties in just about every game, and he was giving them to all the other attacking players.“
“And then, after a player missed a penalty, I said Ok, Erling has to take the penalties and I told him he would be taking the penalties”
“It’s incredible to have such a talented player who loves to score goals, be the one that is giving the penalty responsibilities to the others because he wants them to feel the power of success, the power of scoring goals, and the power of confidence. That says a lot to me about the character of Erling.” Marsch revealed.
At 19, when most people think about personal glory, Haaland was already a perfect teammate and a future leader which was unprecedented for a player as good as he was and in his age range.
Without a doubt, Haaland’s personality was great enthusiastic and it did really have a big effect on a lot of people at Salzburg.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s Influence
Erling Haaland may owe his incredible rise to his immense talent and his positive leadership qualities. But that’s not all, Cristiano Ronaldo also played a huge role in Haaland’s evolution.
People often say that Erling Haaland is the next Cristiano Ronaldo but is the CR7 comparison justified?
Certainly, Erling is more of a pure striker than Cristiano but from a power football perspective, his ability in the transition to affect games like the Portuguese ace makes the comparison justifiable.
Haaland himself admitted that Cristiano Ronaldo was his role model but if like Cristiano, Erling broke all the goalscoring records, it’s not really the part of football that CR7 has influenced.
Haaland is following in Cristiano Ronaldo’s footsteps in terms of leadership and he even is now a role model to many players just like Ronaldo was to him.
Cristiano Ronaldo has had positive effects on his teammates and in every team, he’s played in which really helped him overtime right from his days at Manchester United and Real Madrid. But for Erling, one could really see that right from his young age that it’s a natural quality he has.
It will be up to Haaland to continue to modify that aspect of himself and mold that in a way that he can become a really strong leader within his teams as he continues to grow older.
Above all, Haaland took inspiration from Cristiano Ronaldo in one essential area, work ethic. Like CR7, he’s always hungry to improve. “He really worked hard a lot. After training, he would stick around to finish, to hit some crosses, to work on his heading.” – Jesse Marsch, RB Salzburg Coach.
Like CR7, Erling Haaland thinks every little detail counts. He would wear special glasses because he felt like when you look at your computer all day long or your cell phone, that your eyes would start to fade and so he had that special glasses he always wears.
And while he has his own personality, Erling is directly inspired by Cristiano Ronaldo especially when it comes to nutrition and work ethic by picking the most hardworking professional football player in history as his role model.
Perfect With BVB
Borussia Dortmund activated his €20 million (£17m/$22m) release clause, beating United and Leipzig to his signature after all three clubs held meetings with the player, his father, and agent Mino Raiola.
Borussia Dortmund already had forward Paco Alcacer on the books, but saw Haaland as such a generational talent, that they were willing to offload the Spain international to give the Norwegian teen an even better chance of success.
CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke says that they had been looking for someone with Haaland’s particular skill set for a long time and could not pass up the opportunity to sign him.
“We always wanted to have a center-forward who has a different way of playing football,” Watzke told Goal and DAZN. “But this guy also had to come onto the market first.
There are not many who are 1.94 meters (6 ft 4 in) tall and that fast. Actually, nobody else comes to mind. It was just an opportunity that you don’t get very often. – Goal.com
Dortmund offered the striker the best chance of regular game time as they promised to make him their first-choice striker, something Alf-Inge Haaland admits is crucial to his development.
Haaland’s Dortmund story got off to the perfect start with the most incredible debut against Augsburg. Trailing 3-1, Lucien Favre sent on the teenager from the bench and was rewarded with a 22-minute hat-trick to help secure a 5-3 win.
Having revealed all the secrets that make Haaland an outstanding striker, in all honesty, the Norwegian striker has no limit because he keeps getting better at Dortmund.
He was incredible at Salzburg. “We were obviously so sad to lose him so quickly because we had a lot of fun and success with him, but we’re also very proud of him and we’re really excited to see him continue to push himself and move forward and show everybody in the world how good he is.”
And today, he’s showing just how good he is in Germany. He used to only be seen as a superpowered and superfast goalscorer. But at Dortmund? He’s also shown his technical advances and his in-game intelligence and influence.
He’s more and more capable of keeping the ball, playing in different positions, taking part in the game, in short, he’s become the ultimate striker.
Giving his unique skill-set and amazing personality, he will definitely sign for a bigger club in years to come. Yes, he may experience some difficulties, but his quality will help him manage whatever challenge that comes his way and in-turn become the best number 9 of not only his generation but in football history.