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8 Worst Football Injuries We Have Witnessed Over The Years

Football is a high-contact activity that has a significant risk of serious injury. In athletics, there is no way around taking risks. In most cases, minor injuries heal quickly, but some are so serious that they endanger the lives of athletes and lead them to lose their professional careers. Numerous football players from various nations have endured horrific injuries during the course of their careers. A few football injuries, however, are so severe that they are ranked among the top eight most serious football injuries of all time by Sports Illustrated.


8. Francesco Totti

On February 19, 2006, while playing against Employ, captain Francesco Totti suffered a severe leg injury that required surgery. When Totti was 12 minutes into the game, a strong altercation with an opponent caused him to twist his left ankle and he was taken off the field on a stretcher. Totti's injury was so severe that it caused the fracture and ligament in his left fibula to be affected. Totti's procedure was carried out by a famous Italian orthopedic surgeon with extensive experience in the field. During this surgery, a metal plate was put to his ankle, and he was then sent to a rehabilitation facility for intensive treatment. The treatment went smoothly, and he was able to fully recover from his life-altering injuries as a result.


7. Luciano Almeida


A horrific injury to Luciano Almeida's right leg during a match between two Brazilian teams, Botafogo and Flamengo, in 2007 forced him to miss five months of action before making a full recovery. Almeida is seen with colleagues Leandro Guerreiro and Dutra from Sport Club Recife, who are standing over his fractured foot. Consequently, Almeida's foot was forced to snap and turn perpendicular to his leg as a result of the injuries he incurred while dribbling the ball alone.


6. Luke Shae PSV vs. Man Utd, September 15, 2015.


Shaw stated he believed he would never be able to play football again after suffering a double leg break. After sustaining a devastating injury during a Champions League encounter, the Manchester United and England defender was forced to miss 10 months of action as a result of the injury. During a 2-0 friendly victory over Wigan in mid-July, Shaw made his comeback.


5. Djibril Cisse

Djibril Cisse, a France and Liverpool striker, had a fractured right leg during a 3-1 friendly win over China. He was tackled by a Chinese defender and suffered the injury (Shandong Luneng). He was unable to compete in the 2006 World Cup as a result of the injuries he sustained. The incident occurred in the 10th minute, when Cisse was chasing the ball down the right flank when he was pushed off balance by a defender. As he hit the ground, his right leg twisted beneath him and buckled above the ankle, causing him to fall. He was taken away on a stretcher and treated for a few minutes on his right leg before being taken to the hospital in a medical helicopter.


4. Henrik Larsson


Henrik Larsson sustained a double fracture of his left leg during the Lyon vs. Celtic encounter. His career was over after that. After fracturing his leg in two places, he was unable to walk for about eight months. After his recuperation, he went on to become the team's leading scorer with a total of 242 goals, a feat that remains unmatched to this day.


3. Petr Cech

The match between Reading and Chelsea took place on October 14th, 2006, at the Madejski Stadium in Reading. When Petr Cech collided with one of Reading's players, Stephen Hunt, during a disputed challenge in October 2006, the Chelsea goalkeeper came dangerously near to losing his life. He was on the verge of death as a result of the horrific incident that occurred. He collapsed in the locker room after he was dismissed for his actions during the game. As a result of his internal injuries, a blood clot developed in his leg. On arrival at the Royal Berkshire Hospital, he was diagnosed with a depressed skull fracture and underwent surgery to correct the problem. After getting struck in the head with a knee, he was sent to the hospital. Cech claimed that he would not play football for at least a year, yet he returned to Chelsea's first team just three months after making the announcement.


2. Eduardo da Silva


The match between Arsenal and Birmingham took place on September 23rd, 2008 in the Emirates Stadium. Eduardo suffered a fractured left fibula as well as a dislocated left ankle during a play against Birmingham City on Saturday. An opponent's tackle, performed by Birmingham's Martin Taylor, resulted in injury. Shortly after the incident, he was sent to Selly Oak Hospital for surgical treatment. He was able to fully recuperate and return to Arsenal's first team over a year after being injured in the same game.


1. David Busst


As a result of his collision with Manchester United's Denis Irwin during an April 1996 encounter at Old Trafford, David Busst's leg bone penetrated the flesh and blood soaked the ground around him. Busst was sent off for his actions. His tibia and fibula had been fractured, and he would never be able to return to competitive soccer again after that.

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