The rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament of the knee It is one of the most feared injuries for footballers. An ailment that leaves you off the playing field for practically a season. It takes you off the wheel and there is always the unknown of what conditions it will turn into. History is full of examples of players who were never the same again. Also from others who returned and lived, curiously, their best stage as professionals. Or they just kept themselves at a very high level. We are going to talk about those positive examples in this article. The mirrors in which you can look Gavi.
The clearest and the one that you will surely take as a reference. His coach tore the cruciate ligament in his knee in December 2005. He was 25 years old at the time and, against all odds, he arrived in time to play in the 2006 World Cup. The confidence of Luis Aragonés at that time helped him a lot. . Things in life, after that we saw the best Xavi. The one who won everything with Barça and Spain and came to fight for the Ballon d’Or.
Another close and more recent example. Mikel Oyarzabal broke his cruciate in March 2022 and it could be said that it has been now, this season, when we see him again at the level he was before his cruciate ailment. The Real Sociedad forward went through an ordeal, but he is back.
The one from Lagarto broke his cruciate shortly after arriving at Atlético de Madrid, before leaving for Rayo Vallecano. Not only was he able to overcome that, but he showed the best version of himself after that. He won LaLiga with Atlético, fought for the Champions League and played with the national team.
Of the list, he is probably the one who has had the worst time. He has broken the crosses of both legs. In total, he has three injuries of this type in his career, two with Valencia and one as a Real Sociedad player. Despite all that, he continued playing in the elite and received the La Roja award.
Ruiz de Galarreta
Another who has had a bad time and has been a repeat offender. The Athletic player has blown out his knee three times, two of them with cruciate tears (2012 and 2013). He has never lowered his head and has continued in the fight. At 30 years old, this season he is having continuity and prominence at Athletic Club.
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Jose Antonio Camacho
The legendary Real Madrid full-back was injured in the 77-78 season with a torn cruciate. That illness, which left him without a World Cup, was about to end his career. It took him 20 months to recover and he returned to be great for Madrid and the national team. Of course, those who saw it in his time say, it is more contained than before it broke.
The Colombian forward had the same injury as Gavi when he was 20 years old, one more than the Andalusian. He played for River Plate and that did not prevent him, over the years, from becoming one of the best scorers of our time. Porto and Atlético de Madrid, above all, can attest to this.
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