Footballers who sacrificed themselves for their team
The footballers in this article risked injuring themselves and the opposition for the benefit of their club. Find out which footballers sacrificed themselves for their team.
During Argentina’s World Cup semi-final against the Netherlands, Mascherano tore his anus as he tackled Arjen Robben. Describing the incident, he said, “I thought I had slipped, I thought I wouldn’t make it, but I tore my anus on that move, the pain…it was terrible”. Thanks to Mascherano, Argentina entered the final.
2. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Currently managing Premier League side, Manchester United, Solskjaer used to play as a forward for that same club. In a match where Manchester United was tied 1-1 against Newcastle, he ran across the field and knocked down Rob Lee who had a clear goalscoring opportunity. Solskjaer was fully aware that he would be sent off and suspended but did it anyway.
No football fan will ever forget Henry’s handball tale. In 2009, Henry helped France qualify for the 2010 World Cup. Even though he clearly used his hand in the build-up to the goal, the referee didn’t take any action. In an interview, Henry clarified, “I will be honest, it was a handball, but I’m not the ref.” Check out the video for details.
Named man of the match after his heroic tackle on Alvaro Morata during the Spanish Super Cup against Atletico Madrid, Valverde later apologised to the Atletico striker. He then released a statement saying, “It was something that I should not have done. I apologised to Morata, but it was the only thing I could do because he’s a very fast player. I’m happy to win the title but I’m still stuck with what I did because it’s not right.”
Currently playing as a right-back for Real Madrid, Carvajal was sent off during El Clasico after he prevented a Barcelona goal with his hand. Here’s what happened; Luis Suarez opened the scoring and a few minutes later, he was tackled by Keylor Navas. Then as Paulinho took over the ball and marched towards the goal post, Carvajal blocked the ball with his bare hand…rest is history.