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15 Of Top Most Injury Prone Footballers

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Nothing can be more frustrating for footballers than a spell on the sidelines, unable to take the field due to constant injury, niggles, aches, and pains.

Although the injury is part and parcel of the game, they can have a massive impact on any side or any player. The moment a player gets injured, it disrupts whatever settings and plans the manager has in place.

The manager then begins to worry as it could rake in troubles for the side for a number of weeks or months, especially when the team is vying for some qualifications or on the verge of clinching a silverware and the player is an integral part of the team.

Injuries can also have serious repercussions on the player, in some cases, a single injury can damage a player so much, he may never be the same again or be forced to retire.

However, some players as a result of nature are just prone to injuries and once they get injured, they tend to spend more time out of football action and their place in the squad comes under huge threat.

That said, we’ve decided to take a look at careers of some of the top injury-prone footballers, that were and are best of friends with injuries in the football world.

1. Jack Wilshere – West Ham and England

15 Of Top Most Injury Prone Footballers

Wilshere, 27, was once touted to be the future Arthur Pendragon of English Football but have had his ambition hampered by series of injuries. He drew rave as a teenager for Arsenal following an outstanding performance against Barcelona in the Champions League.

He however failed to fulfill his true potential as persistent knee and ankle injuries hampered his progress and diminished his physical attributes and also spearheaded his exodus from Arsenal.

As brilliant as he is, his injuries have done more damage to him and this means we will never see his very best of football again.

2. Thomas Vermaelen – Barcelona and Belgium

15 Of Top Most Injury Prone Footballers

The former Arsenal and Ajax center-back, who has made over 70 appearances for Belgium, has missed a huge amount of games through injury. The Belgian missed most of the 2010-11 season with a major Achilles tendon problem, which later required surgery, while his ankle and a stress fracture also sidelined him afterward.

As of 2019, Vermaelen had missed 104 matches for Barcelona since joining the Blaugrana side in 2014. On top of that, Vermaelen missed 88 games during his five-year spell at Arsenal, 31 games in a six-year spell at Ajax, and 17 matches at Italian side AS Roma.

However, he can be said to be among the fortunate ones when talking about players that are best of friends with injuries. Having won major laurels at Ajax, Arsenal, and Barcelona.

3. Marco Reus – Borussia Dortmund and Germany

15 Of Top Most Injury Prone Footballers

Reus has only 44 caps with the Diemaanschaft due to his recurring injuries in recent years. He missed the 2014 FIFA World Cup, which Germany won, but played in UEFA Euro 2012 and the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Apart from his left ankle that has been ravaged by injuries, another frequent injury he nursed is a cruciate ligament that disturbed him in 2017. As well as oft-complicated groin issues that have weighed down his career at Dortmund.

When given the opportunity, Reus can become a fly in the ointment for any opponent but it’s just that, fitness has often been a concern for him and injuries have cruelly prevented him from representing Germany on the biggest of stages.

4. Arjen Robben – Retired {Netherlands}

15 Of Top Most Injury Prone Footballers

Actually, this list would be incomplete if this Wizard’s name is missing. Arjen Robben is another player that can be compared to glass due to his fragility.

Although retired, Robben is one of the players who has possibly missed more games than he has played in due to injuries.

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During his playing days, Robben was a thorn in the flesh of defenders but didn’t enjoy play until he moved to Bayern Munich after his Real Madrid career was cut short by injury. He was sold by Los Blancos after just two seasons due to their frustrations with his fitness.

5. Michael Essien – Sabail and Ghana

15 Of Top Most Injury Prone Footballers

This former Chelsea midfielder is another player who has been on the bench far more than the number of appearances on the pitch.

The Ghanaian might come last on top injury prone footballers, as he was very reliable as a midfielder who never backed away from his responsibilities while in action. But due to frequent injuries, we never got to see the best of him on a constant basis.

6. Daniel Sturridge – Trabzonspor and England

15 Of Top Most Injury Prone Footballers

For all of Sturridge’s talents, he just can’t seem to shake off the injury bug that has robbed significant amounts of playing time and scintillating performance from him.

The former Chelsea, Manchester City, and Liverpool forward have endured rotten luck with injury over the years, which has seen him require treatment 48 times, with 31 of those coming as a Liverpool player.

7. Thiago Alcantara – Bayern Munich and Spain

15 Of Top Most Injury Prone Footballers

This Spaniard could’ve progressed in his career if he hadn’t been hampered by injuries. He could’ve been one of the elite midfielders in the European scene, but injuries have denied him the chance to become that key player for both club and country.

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But even at that, Thiago’s quality hasn’t diminished just like Marco Reus, he puts up outstanding displays every time he’s given the opportunity to grace the football pitch. He has suffered from 21 total injuries since joining Bayern Munich.

8. Aaron Ramsey – Juve and Wales

15 Of Top Most Injury Prone Footballers

Juventus’ Aaron Ramsey is well-known for one particular lengthy injury lay-off, but he has also suffered other injury problems along the way too. An entire year out with a broken leg was a costly spell on the side for his career, but Ramsey also had groin and ankle problems beforehand.

It’s safe to say that the horrific injury the Welshman sustained in the game against Stoke in 2009/10 English Premier League season has had a huge effect on him as regards injury, making him very fragile. Ramsey, of course, is one of the most injury prone footballers.

9. Abou Diaby – Retired  – France

15 Of Top Most Injury Prone Footballers

Talking about injury prone footballers, Abou Diaby is one of those players that battled with injuries for such a long time in the EPL.

The French midfielder spent nine years at Arsenal and could only muster 124 appearances during that period. Maybe there would never be a more injury-prone midfielder in the Premier League than the former Arsenal man.

10. Santi Carzola – Villareal and Spain

15 Of Top Most Injury Prone Footballers

Santi Carzola is a midfield genius that also had a two-year stint but also had an unlucky career at the Emirates. Arsenal looks like a jinxed club when it comes to having injury prone players in the team as other names like Robin Van-Persie, Eduardo, etc also endured an injury-ravaged career while at Arsenal.

But for Carzola, being the best ambidextrous player in the world right now, albeit arguably, has suffered much with injuries so much that he was deprived of 668 days of his career during the agonizing two years at Arsenal in which he had 11 operations.

There was a time the former Spain international was advised to quit football after he underwent ankle surgery in 2016 but God is praised, after meeting with a renowned surgeon in Spain, things changed for him as regards injury.

Santi today is back with Villareal as the team captain, mesmerizing the fans of the yellow submarines.

11. Andy Carroll – Newcastle and England

15 Of Top Most Injury Prone Footballers

Andy Carroll, 30, moved to Liverpool in a British-record £35M deal in 2011 from his boyhood club, Newcastle. But injury ensured that he didn’t replicate the stellar form he brought from The Magpies.

Niggling injuries bothered Carroll at Liverpool and he became surplus to requirements before h eventually moved to West Ham where he would become a treatment table regular. But again, the move didn’t materialize as he only made over 20 Premier League appearances.

Failing to prove his worth after returning to full fitness, he was released this summer and returned to Newcastle on a free transfer.

12. Michael Owen – Retired {England}

15 Of Top Most Injury Prone Footballers

Michael Owen was amongst Europe’s most feared forwards after emerging as a teenager at Liverpool. Blessed with massive pace as well as nimble feet and ice-cold finishing ability, however, his game was altered following a serious hamstring injury suffered at Leeds when he was 19.

A series of problems including a broken metatarsal and cruciate knee ligament was amongst a host of problems before thigh and groin problems hampered his latter years.

In the 2000s, Owen was a leading attacker, he bagged the Ballon d’Or in 2001 up until he returned from Real Madrid in 2005 when everything nosedived.

13. Tomáš Rosický – Retired {Czech Republic}

15 Of Top Most Injury Prone Footballers

Tomás Rosicky was overly injury-prone during his days at Arsenal. Rosicky’s career at Arsenal was repeatedly marred by injuries, with the Czech missing a total of 990 days through rehabilitation.

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The midfielder notably tore tendons in his knee in 2008 and feared at the time that his career was over. He eventually left Arsenal in 2016 after 10 long injury-stricken years in North London which he made only 170 appearances during the 10 years.

14. Mario Gotze – Borussia Dortmund and Germany

15 Of Top Most Injury Prone Footballers

Gotze’s decline looks inexplicable as many would love to analyze how unfortunate his career has become despite scoring the World Cup-winning goal against Argentina in 2014 in Brazil.

Apart from not being able to deliver at a bigger club {Bayern Munich} after he left Dortmund, another ordeal of Mario Gotze has been the god-like love injuries have for him.

Recall that in his debut campaign at Bayern, he started just 11 matches in the league as injuries and fitness concerns didn’t allow him to get more playing time, which later served as an impediment for him to thrive for the Bavarians.

15. Gareth Bale – Real Madrid and Wales

15 Of Top Most Injury Prone Footballers

Bale could certainly make any list of top injury prone footballers, as of 2019 at Madrid, Gareth Bale had suffered a total of 25 injuries – one more than in his six-year spell at Tottenham. He also suffered all manner of issues at Spurs; indeed, in addition to his 24 injuries, he also had three spells out with illness and played in just 203 of a possible 323 games at the Premier League club.

Ruptures to his calf, ankle problems, thigh issues, tightness in his hamstrings. Those are just some of the areas Bale has injured since arriving at Real Madrid in the summer of 2013.

Injury has prevented him from truly becoming the leader of Los Blancos and the player that everyone expected him to be when he arrived from Tottenham.

 

 

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3 Premier League Flops Who Made It Big Elsewhere

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3 Premier League Flops Who Made It Big Elsewhere

The English Premier League has welcomed some of the best players in the history of football. Players from different continents have made a huge impact on the league with impressive performances. There are others who failed to impress and can be termed as flops.

The League is quite unique from other European leagues. It is more competitive, fierce, physically challenging in nature. Needless to say, a player who isn’t mentally and physically geared up for this will stumble under the pressure.

Established stars can fall by the wayside with their former successes and triumphs becoming nothing more than a footnote in the EPL. Impressively, some of these players put in impressive performances when they moved to other leagues.

3 Premier League Flops Who Made It Big In Other Leagues

  • Paulinho

3 Premier League Flops Who Made It Big Elsewhere

Following the impending sale of Gareth Bale to Real Madrid, Tottenham bought several players, one of the players they bought was Paulinho.

Paulinho was signed from Corinthians in Brazil where he helped them win the Copa Libertadores, Brasileirao, and the FIFA Club World Cup.

They defeated Chelsea in the latter to lift the trophy. Importantly, he had just won the FIFA Confederations Cup with Brazil and was voted as the third-best player at the tournament.

He joined Tottenham as the club’s record signing in 2013, so a lot was expected of him. However, his performance was not as impressive as the club had envisaged. He was later sold to Guangzhou Evergrande in China at a loss.

The Brazilian’s transfer to the Chinese league resulted in a change of fortunes, as helped the club claim the Chinese league and the AFC Champions League title in his first season.

In the second, he was voted into the Chinese League team of the year in recognition of his performance. Also, he won the league, FA Cup, and Super Cup.

Although critics downplayed his performance, citing the standard of the Chinese league compared to the English league, Paulinho impressed in Spain too following a €40 million move to Barcelona.

Paulinho helped the club claim the league and the Copa del Rey trophy. His performance in his only season with Barcelona impressed Ronaldinho who said: “He really stood out.”

  • Iago Aspas

3 Premier League Flops Who Made It Big Elsewhere

Most Premier League fan remembers Aspas only as a Liverpool flop with the number 9 jersey. Aspas moved from boyhood club Celta Vigo to Liverpool for a deal estimated to be around £7.7 m, with Liverpool hoping to have unearthed a gem. However, that gem turns dregs, failing to score in any of his 14 league appearances.

After just one season, Liverpool decided that they have seen enough so they sent him on a season-long loan to Sevilla with an obligation to buy. In his season-long loan at the club, he was the joint top scorer in the Copa del Rey alongside Neymar with 7 goals and won the UEFA Europa League.

At the end of his season-long loan at Sevilla, the club signed him from Liverpool but sold him to Celta Vigo in the same transfer window. In every of his first 5 seasons at Celta Vigo, he scored in double digits.

In fact, in three of the 5 seasons, he won the Zarra Trophy awarded to the Spanish player with the most league goals in a season. As of December 2020, Aspas had won La Liga player of the month four times.

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  • Diego Forlan

3 Premier League Flops Who Made It Big Elsewhere

Perhaps, the most notable and interesting English Premier League flop who became a star in another League. He was not just impressive in another league; he was extraordinary with his National team Uruguay.

Sir Alex Ferguson signed Forlan in 2001 following the attacker’s impressive form at Independiente in Argentina. In his first season in England, Forlan made 18 appearances but failed to score a single goal. The two seasons after were not impressive either, hence his transfer to Villarreal.

Impressively, Forlan scored 25 league goals in his first season with Villarreal and won the league’s top scorers award (2004/05). Also, he was awarded the European Golden Shoe award alongside Thierry Henry the same year. He left the club two seasons later for Atletico with 59 goals scored in 128 matches.

In his second season with Atletico Madrid (2008/09), Forlan beat Samuel Eto’o to the Spanish league’s top scorer’s award. He scored 32 league goals in 33 league appearances that season which earned him the Pichichi trophy. Again, he won the European Golden Shoe but this time it was not shared with anyone.

The next season (2009/10), Forlan played a key role as Atletico won the Europa League. He scored six times in the tournament, including two in the 2-1 win over Fulham in the final. He was voted as the man of the match in the final.

With his national team, he was just as impressive; he scored the most goals at the 2010 FIFA World Cup alongside Thomas Muller, Wesley Sneijder, and David Villa.

Furthermore, he was voted into the FIFA World Cup dream team and won the Golden Ball and goal of the tournament title. By the time he retired, he was Uruguay’s highest goal scorer in history, a record which has since been broken by Luis Suarez.

Forlan eventually became so good that some Football fans think he is the caliber of player that could have won the Ballon d’Or.

 

Conclusion

There are several reasons why players struggle when they change clubs, especially to other countries. Culture, language, teammates, family are some factors that can affect their performances.

These 3 cases show that a player may fail to perform in one league but go on to become a star in another league.

 

 

 

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Ligue 1 no doubt harbors quite a number of talented players, as such it’s quite understandable for those considered to be world-class players among them to cash out hugely on what they earn at the end of the month.

As of late, the players’ salaries have given indications of solid development, on account of the tremendous income pouring into the game. The fierce rivalry between the country’s top football clubs has brought the nature of the competition higher than ever. The league has more than its own fair share of highly paid players.

Here is a rundown of the top 15 highest-paid players in the Ligue 1

  • Neymar Jr – (Paris Saint Germain, – €3.06 Per Month )

Top 15 Highest Paid Players In Ligue 1

Behind Ronaldo and Messi, the Brazilian forward is regarded as the third-best player in world football since moving from Santos to Barcelona in 2013 for a deal reported worth €86.2million.

After apparently growing and widening his status as a footballer with his achievement on and off the pitch, it was evident that the former Puskas Award winner would go on to attract top elite clubs.

With the Parisian club brimming with a lot of cash to flex muscles with high spending clubs, it was just a matter of time before Neymar would join them. Fast forward to 2017, the Selecao captain signed for PSG for a world record transfer fee worth €222million, and since then he’s been an important figure of both the club and their project.

Amidst transfer rumors of him returning to his old home Barcelona, plus the fact that the Parisian are also ready to offer him a new deal that would tie him down with the French side for at least another three seasons.

  • Kylian Mbappe – (Paris Saint Germain, € 1.91m Per Month)

Top 15 Highest Paid Players In Ligue 1

As a World Cup winner and one of the best prospects in world football, it’s quite understandable for Mbappe to be among the highest-paid players in Ligue 1 and Paris Saint Germain. The 2018 World Cup winner burst into the scene as a young player for Monaco, making his professional debut in 2015 at the age of 15.

The Frenchman signed for the Parisian club in 2017 on loan, which was later made permanent in 2018. He has shown to be a great prospect for both the club and their project in dominating the Ligue 1 and also flex muscles with the top clubs in Europe.

His permanent transfer to Paris Saint Germain is reported to be worth €180million, making him both the second most expensive player and most expensive teenager. Since joining the Ligue 1 Champions permanently, the 22-year-old has scored over 120 goals for the Parisian club.

However, amidst the rumor of Real Madrid prepping up to break the bank in their quest to bring him down to the Bernabeu, the World Cup winner is still actively the second biggest earner in the league and of course Paris Saint Germain.

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  • Correa Marquinhos & Marco Verratti – (Paris Saint Germain, €1.2m Per Month)

Top 15 Highest Paid Players In Ligue 1

Since the departure of top players such as Edinson Cavani, Zlatan, and recently Thiago Silva, Marquinhos’s status has risen from being a mere squad player in the dressing room into a leader, captain, and one of the best gladiator of the club.

As a 19-year-old teenager, the Brazilian was signed in 2013 on a five-year deal by Paris Saint Germain from AS Roma for a fee of around €31.4million. And as reported by BBC Sport, the deal was said to be the highest transfer fee for a teenager then, while Sky also reports it to be the then fifth highest transfer.

The current form of the Brazilian makes him rank as one of Europe’s most valuable players, most especially as a player who is currently plying his trade with the best team in France.

According to the transfer market rating, Marquinhos market value currently stands at €70million, as such with his years of experience and playing over 313 matches for the Parisian, it’s no surprise that the club captain takes home €1.2m per month tied with the Italian on the same amount.

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As for the Italian, he’s also been a very instrumental player for the team since joining the club nine years ago. There have always been rumors concerning his future, either joining Barcelona or go back to Italy, but as it stands his current contract with Paris Saint Germain would expire in 2024.

  • Angel Di Maria – (Paris Saint Germain, €1.1m Per Month)

Top 15 Highest Paid Players In Ligue 1

Since joining the Parisian for €63million after a disappointing stint with Manchester United in 2015, the Argentine winger has continued to prove to the world that he’s still one of the best players in football since leaving Real Madrid.

Di Maria isn’t just rank among the highest earner for doing nothing, he earns his pay through his brilliant performances over the years since joining them, accumulating a total of 251 appearances scoring over 88 goals and 104 assists.

The former Real Madrid winger may not stay in the Ligue 1 with Paris Saint Germain for three years or more, as he’s already moving close to the end of his career. However, with his deal still running that makes him the fourth-highest earner in the league.

  • Keylor Navas – (Paris Saint Germain, €1m Per Month)

Top 15 Highest Paid Players In Ligue 1

When Navas joined Madrid from Levante in the summer of 2014, no one ever thought he’s going to achieve quite a number of success with Los Blancos based on where he was coming from and his antecedent as a goalkeeper.

After a successful stint with Los Merengues, the imminent arrival of Thibaut Courtois means the Costa Rican goalkeeper days at Real Madrid are numbered.

With his achievement at Real Madrid, it was evident that the Costa Rican won’t find it hard to get good European suitor to come by, as such Paris Saint Germain came calling for his services in 2019 having been told he won’t be Real Madrid number one going forward into the new season.

Following Navas’s move to the French capital, it means his salary would be on the high side based on his achievement and reputation as a Champions League winner with arguably the biggest club in Europe.

As a Paris Saint Germain player, he earns €1m per month, making the Costa Rican one of the highest-paid players in Ligue 1

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  • Mauro Icardi – (Paris Saint Germain, €800,000 Per Month)

Top 15 Highest Paid Players In Ligue 1

The imminent departure of El Matador when Icardi joined Paris Saint Germain on loan means the responsibility of goalscoring would be on the shoulder of the Argentine. The former Inter Milan forward made his loan permanent with the PSG following a strong start in Paris.

The Argentine and controversy certainly go hand in hand based on his antecedent with his previous clubs. Everywhere he goes he has always shown he could lead the line perfectly, and since he joined the Parisian permanently no report of controversy has been recorded concerning the former Nerazzurri captain.

Icardi may not be the poster boy of PSG just like his days at Inter, that doesn’t make him less of a player in the dressing room among other star players like Neymar and Mbappe who are no doubt the face of the club.

  • Leandro Paredes – (Paris Saint Germain, €750,000 Per Month)
    Juan Bernat – (Paris Saint Germain, €700,000 Per Month)
    Presnel Kimpembe – (Paris Saint Germain, €670,000 Per Month)
    Ander Herrera – (Paris Saint Germain, €650,000 Per Month)
    Wissam Ben Yedder – (Monaco, €650,000 Per Month)
    Cesc Fabregas – (Monaco, €600,000 Per Month)
    Julian Draxler – (Paris Saint Germain, €600,000 Per Month)
    Idrissa Guaye – (Paris Saint Germain, €500,000 Per Month)

 

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