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Gabriel Batistuta wanted both his feet to be cut after he ended his professional career.
The Ex Argentina international made that revelation in a television programme last afternoon.
Batistuta, who found the net as many as 78 times at the international level, started feeling unbearable pain after he stopped playing. The pain was so much that at times he was not able to even get himself to the washroom.
According to Batistuta, he wanted to get rid of that pain somehow and at that point of time, he thought there was no option available other than getting the feet cut. But, the doctors convinced him that the pain could be reduced by other ways too and they did it by fitting screws.
The 45-old is completely alright now.
Batistuta was the product of the youth academy of Newell’s Old Boys. He went on to feature for clubs like Roma and Internazionale. He had been a big headache for the defensive lines of all the top teams in Italy between 2000 and 2003.
Speaking in that programme, Batistuta said, “I hung my boots and within a few days, I started finding it almost impossible to walk. I don’t know what happened in such a quick time. Maybe, the stress of all those years had, all of a sudden, taken its toll. I had to go to the washroom one night, but, I could not. The pain was that much.”
“I met my doctor and I let him know what I wanted. He was absolutely shocked and he straightaway refused to do that. He decided to use the screws instead and that worked. I feel pretty good now. But, those few nights were horrific.”
Batistuta played his last professional match in 2005 for Al-Arabi FC.
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The legendary retired footballer Diego Maradona once stated that Gabriel Batistuta is the best striker he has ever seen play the game. Batistuta made a name for himself during his time as a performer for the Italian side Fiorentina as the Argentinean attacker scored over 150 goals.
Batista managed to lift trophies in just about every single club he joined but after the Argentinean decided to retire in 2005, he has revealed the brutal excruciating pain he suffered in his legs which led Batistuta even begging doctors to remove his legs.
Normally, when a footballer decides to retire one of the main reasons why they take that decision is to rest and simply relax after all those years of playing non-stop but the first few years of Batistuta’s retirement saw him suffering from an ankle pain he felt.
Batistuta told reporters: “I left football and overnight I couldn’t walk. I wet the bed even though the bathroom was only three meters away. It was 4am and I knew if I stood my ankle would kill me. I went to see Doctor Avanzi and told him to cut off my legs. He looked at me and told me I was crazy. I couldn’t bear it any longer. I can’t put in to words just how bad the pain was. I looked at Oscar Pistorius and said, “that’s my solution” .My problem is that I have no cartilage or tendons. My 86 kilos are supported by bones alone. That’s what generated the pain. I’m much better now than I was three years ago.”
Instead of having his legs amputated, Batistuta decided to have screws inserted to his right leg and he went on saying that things are much better than some years ago.
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Tom Ince saw his contract with Blackpool get expired earlier in June as the English midfielder turned into a free agent with the possibility of another club having the chance on signing him on a free transfer which is what Hull City managed to do despite having interest from Inter Milan.
The giants of Italy, Inter Milan displayed interest in signing the young player and at a point in time it was even believed that a transfer was just about to be completed but Tom Ince eventually joined Hull City instead and he spoke to the media about why he decided to deny Inter Milan and go for Hull City.
Tom Ince said: ‘’at my age, the most important thing to think about is my football development and I’ve come to Hull to be educated. Anyone can go to a status club and pick up five times more money but I am a football person. And that’s why this move is right for me. It was very close. The San Siro was unbelievable. That’s an ambition of mine but I don’t think you should jump the gun. One day I hope to follow my fathers to wear the Liverpool shirt.’
So instead of joining Inter Milan, a club that is playing in almost every single season either in the Champions League or in the Europa League, Tom Ince opted to choose a club that is struggling just trying to keep themselves alive in the Premier League.
Some days ago Ashley Cole stated that English players are afraid trying to move away from their countries and local clubs, and decisions like this one might be why Cole launched those statements. Some supporters and followers of Tom Ince don’t agree to his decision as they said that making a move to Italy would have been a great opportunity for him to expand his knowledge of the sport as well as having the chance to perform in different squads and playing style.