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Did You Know! This Football Legend Wanted His Leg Amputated?

Footballer featured for the Albercelestes in Korea/Japan 2002 where he scored against Nigeria

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He retired from international football in 2005 after inflicting damages to several teams around the globe

If you were born in the early ‘90’s you would remember Gabriel Batistuta for the heartbreaks he caused Nigeria especially

The Argentine retired after netting in 56 goals for the Albercelestes in 78 international matches in a 17 year-old career

With all the pains that follow some footballers after calling it quits to the game, Batistuta suffered terribly from the stress of playing that he developed excruciating pain in his leg after 17 whole years of running and prowling on the pitch; a situation which caused a lack of cartilage in his knees

With the pain, he became unable to walk and could bear the burden of dragging his body to the bathroom, so he wet the bed constantly

Batistuta found it shameful for a grown football legend to wet the bed, coupled with the excruciating pain, he begged a doctor to cut off his legs

He wanted to become like South Africa’s Oscar Pistorius

Batistuta who is now 45 told TYC Sports: ''I left football and overnight I couldn’t walk.

''I wet the bed even though the bathroom was only three metres away. It was 4am and I knew if I stood my ankle would kill me.

''I went to see Doctor Avanzi (an Orthopaedics specialist) 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."

Thank God the doctors did not give him what he wanted

Today Batistuta walks with his legs without the aid of anybody, save the screw doctors fit into his leg due to the lack of cartilage and tendons.

This procedure ended the pains he suffered and restored his life to what it is meant to be: it prevented friction between the bones, which was what caused him pains.

Batistuta's football career spanned a total of 17 years, he played for  various clubs including:

Newell's Old Boys (1988–1989) 24 appearances, 7 goals
River Plate (1989-90) 21 apps , 4 goals
Boca Juniors (1990-91) 30 apps, 13 goals

Fiorentina (1991-2000) 269 apps, 168 goals
AS Roma (2000-03) 63 apps, 30 goals
Inter Milan (2003, loan) 12 apps, 2 goals

Al Arabi (2003-05) 21 apps, 25 goals


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