Football, like no other sports, is filled with some of the most passionate athletes on the planet. Their will to play for some of the greatest clubs exceeds far beyond our expectations. Down we list some of the footballers who played with serious medical conditions.
5. Edgar Davids – Glaucoma
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
One of the most recognizable footballers of his generation, Davids is often regarded as one of the greatest defensive midfielders of his era. A noticeable factor is that the former Juventus legend was seen wearing glasses almost all the time while he was playing.
This was due to a medical condition called Glaucoma, where the optic nerve in the eye gets damaged due to genetic or other reasons, limiting the vision. The condition has no particular cure and can only be controlled.
Still, Davids managed to play most of his career without letting his performance falter due to the Glaucoma.
4. Paul Scholes – Blocked vein in the right eye
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With 11 Premier League titles, 3 FA Cups, 2 League Cups, and 2 UEFA Champions League trophies, Scholes is considered as one of the greatest, most decorated English midfielders of all time. The greatest surprise, though, is the fact that he played a part of his career with one bad eye.
“There was a time when I used to see 4 balls progressing towards me, it was confusing. Trust me” Scholes speaking about his blurred vision.
After consulting a number of doctors, Scholes was diagnosed with a blocked vein which caused internal bleeding in his right eye. He underwent a surgery that required more than 10 sessions due to the complexity of nerves in the eye.
3. Petr Cech – Head injury
#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
We all remember the famous Chelsea vs Reading match way back in 2006, wherein the very first minute, Cech collided with Reading’s Stephen Hunt, a collision that was so brutal it wasn’t shown on TV.
However, this wasn’t the end, as Cech was diagnosed with a 3rd-degree skull fracture, and it was being said by the doctors that it could prematurely end his career.
However, with an extremely successful surgery, Cech returned after 4 months and started playing for Chelsea, putting on the famous rugby-style head guard, making him one of the most recognizable players in the world.
His skull fracture was totally healed, but there have been some damages to the surface, as this is the reason why Cech still wears the helmet.