Football is a great game of sport that is loved by millions of people around the world. It is also a physical sport and requires its players to be on their topmost form physically. It is not rare to see some football players lose form or even retire due to drop in levels of physical fitness. However, there are some players who loved the game so much that they played and became world-class top rated players even with serious medical conditions. Here is a list of the top 6 of them:
- David De Gea
Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea will undergo laser eye surgery at the end of the season to correct a problem with his sight.
— SuperSport Blitz (@SuperSportBlitz) January 20, 2012
Starting of our list is one of the best goal keepers in the world currently. Believe it or not, this superb Manchester United and Spain shot stopper had a serious eye condition and had to be operated (laser surgery) in 2012 to correct it. How did they find out about his problem – which was myopia ? Well, his erratic display during his first season at Manchester was a dead give-away.
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— MailOnline Sport (@MailSport) May 23, 2018
De Gea’s Spanish team mate is next. Nacho is currently suffering from the rare Type-1 diabetes. When he was younger, he was told to forget about playing football but his love for the game has kept him in it till now. Thank God he didn’t quit football else we would have not been treated to that his marvelous goal at the 2018 World cup against Portugal.
- David Beckham
World Cup – Beckham has asthma: David Beckham has suffered from a mild form of asthma since childhood, according to… http://bit.ly/4MQGbJ
— Eurosport UK (@Eurosport_UK) November 24, 2009
Former England and Manchester United captain, David Beckham can be regarded as one of the best midfield players to ever grace the football field. However, this ex-LA Galaxy talisman was diagnosed with asthma as a child and went on to play such dazzling football while battling the condition.
- Petr Cech
#OTD in 2006 – Petr Cech received his life threatening head injury. It's amazing how quick he recovered and was back playing just 3 months later. He went on to win the CL, 2 Premier Leagues and 4 FA Cups. We were lucky to have him all them years 🙌 #CFC #KTBFFH @PetrCech pic.twitter.com/yFT4vzk9m1
— CFC-Blues.com (@CFCBlues_com) October 14, 2018
Current Arsenal goalie, Petr Cech suffered a horrible head injury, back when he was still at Chelsea, after clashing with Reading’s Stephen Hunt. The Czech Republic national had to undergo surgery and suffered a skull fracture. He was out for almost 4 months but decided to continue playing the game. The stopper took to wearing a wrestling-styled helmet to protect his head and the rest is history.
- Paul Scholes
— Optometry Portal (@optometryportal) April 9, 2014
Another former England and Manchester United midfielder, Paul Scholes makes this list. Scholes was a leader in the middle of the park back in the day. His accurate long range passes and shots were quite wonderful to behold. However, Scholes suffered from a blocked vein in his right eye that caused internal bleeding and blurred his vision. He once confessed to seeing four balls coming towards him at a time. However, he had surgery and could continue playing the game, much to our delight.
- Edgar Davids
Remember Edgar Davids & his glasses?
Davids wore glasses while playing following a surgery (1999) in his right eye caused by glaucoma, which developed in 1995 following eye injuries.
— Chibuzo 'KingAbsolute' Anthony (@KingAbsoIute) October 4, 2018
This list would not be complete without this incredible Dutch defensive midfielder. Other than his superb play, Davids was easily recognizable for his glasses. Yes, he wore glasses while playing due to his severe eye condition. Edgar Davids suffered from glaucoma which has no exact cure, but that did not stop him from giving his all on the field of play.
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