Players who got injured at the prime of their careers
These players were injured at the best moment of their sports careers
Sports injuries are a normal thing that happens during a footballer's career. Football is a contact sport, risky and sometimes dangerous. However, not all injuries are the same. Some players manage to overcome them successfully and others do not. There are even injuries that can leave consequences for life in the player. There are many cases of talented players who, after spending many months without playing, did not return to being the "stars" that they used to be.
Neymar Jr - 2014
Before suffering 7-1 against Germany in the semifinals of the World Cup, Brazil experienced a very sad night that symbolized a foretaste of the tragedy that would occur days later: Neymar's injury. The great figure of Felipe Scolari's team suffered the rupture of one of his vertebrae as a result of the impact with the knee of Colombian Camilo Zúñiga in the quarterfinal phase and was left out of the competition. Many considered that this was Neymar's World Cup but unfortunately, it ended the Brazilian dream. Such was the impact on his teammates, that days later, they suffered the worst defeat in the history of Brazil, 7-1 against Germany.
"It was one of the worst moments of my career. It spoiled my dream of playing a World Cup, of playing a semi-final, the final. I tried to move my legs, but I couldn't, I didn't have the strength to get up. I was examined and the doctor told me that I had two pieces of news, one good and one bad. I asked him to give me the bad first. "You're out of the World Cup." Already crying I asked him for the good one. "If it had been 2 centimeters to the side, you wouldn't walk again."
Nobody knows what would have happened if Neymar had not been injured. Would Brazil have lost 7-1 or would history have been different?
Radamel Falcao García - 2014
In his prime, Falcao was the best center-forward in the world. In addition, he was the top scorer and star of the Colombian National Team, which was qualified to play in the 2014 World Cup. Many Colombians were excited about the team they had and above all, having the best striker in the world on their team. Unfortunately, everything changed on January 22, 2014 (5 months before the World Cup), in a match against Chassela for the 2013/14 French Cup. In an unforeseen play, the player Soner Ertek caused the rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. For this reason, Falcao underwent surgery that forced him to spend 6 months without playing. He did everything possible to recover as soon as possible but it was impossible. Furthermore, after the injury, Falcao was no longer the lethal striker he was in the best moment of his career.
Ronaldo - 2000
Perhaps this is the most shocking case of all. In the year 2000, "O fenomeno" or better known as Ronaldo, was one of the best players in the world. He was not only Brazil's star but also Inter Italy, thanks to his incredible talent as a dribbler and scorer. Unfortunately, for a few years, everyone feared that the Brazilian star's sports career was over forever. At the beginning of the 1999/2000 season, Ronaldo suffered a foul in an Inter-Lecce match that seriously injured him, partially breaking the patellar tendon in his right knee. After 144 days of recovery, Ronaldo returned to play in the Coppa Italia final against Lazio. In that game, his first game after the injury, he got injured after playing only 6 minutes. Again, he injured his patellar tendon but this time it was worse, much worse. That day, Ronaldo cried uncontrollably, he knew that this injury was very serious. After the incident, the Inter doctor said that "miracles do not exist. He needs at least eight months of recovery before playing again and even then I cannot say, neither I nor anyone, that he will play again. case, a long and difficult process". Fortunately, 2 years later, Ronaldo was discharged and was able to win the 2002 World Cup.