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Blue Lew
31-08-2014, 22:42
Sounds like Batigol's legs must have taken some punishment during his career:eek:

Argentina legend Gabriel Batistuta has shockingly revealed that he once asked a doctor to cut off his legs due to suffering agonising pain.

The former World Cup striker was a goalscoring hero, but he has explained how excruciating pain in his legs forced him to attempt to take alarming measures to help himself.

The Argentina forward, who scored a staggering 168 goals in 269 games for Fiorentina, has revealed that the pain he suffered since retiring from football left him wetting the bed and in agonising pain.

"I left football and overnight I couldn’t walk,’ Batistuta told TyC Sports.

"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 (a specialist in Orthopaedics and trauma) 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'."

Since then, the 45-year-old has taken to having screws put in his legs, and although only one was augmented, he says things have gradually improved.

"I chose the right leg, the doctor couldn’t do both," he said. "I didn’t care. 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." Phew, good to hear it...

ally-c
31-08-2014, 22:45
Jes didn't know this, horrific to read this

One of my favourite players

Blue Lew
31-08-2014, 22:46
Jes didn't know this, horrific to read this

One of my favourite players

He was a fantastic player. His machine gun celebration wasn't to be sniffed at either:)

Amity75
31-08-2014, 22:46
I loved Batistuta, one of my favourites. I couldn't even begin to imagine being in the pain he is in.

ekbear
31-08-2014, 22:47
Jes didn't know this, horrific to read this

One of my favourite players

Would have loved to have seen him in a Rangers top. One of those rumours that came up every summer from about 97 onwards.

hamiltonbear7
31-08-2014, 22:48
They would have fetched a fortune on eBay

Katemclarenrfc
31-08-2014, 22:49
Is the statue in Florence still there?

We went to the U/C semi final and couldn't see it....

paisleyprod
31-08-2014, 22:50
Batigol. What a player. Shame about his injuries and frame of mind. Hope he keeps getting better

bornabluenose
31-08-2014, 22:50
Read the article earlier.

Terrific player.

Must have been in agony of some proportion to even consider this.

BobbyShearer
31-08-2014, 22:53
Maybe this is what poor Mikey "deep pan" Galloway was going through :ninja:

Clark
31-08-2014, 23:15
Sounds like Batigol's legs must have taken some punishment during his career:eek:

Argentina legend Gabriel Batistuta has shockingly revealed that he once asked a doctor to cut off his legs due to suffering agonising pain.

The former World Cup striker was a goalscoring hero, but he has explained how excruciating pain in his legs forced him to attempt to take alarming measures to help himself.

The Argentina forward, who scored a staggering 168 goals in 269 games for Fiorentina, has revealed that the pain he suffered since retiring from football left him wetting the bed and in agonising pain.

"I left football and overnight I couldn’t walk,’ Batistuta told TyC Sports.

"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 (a specialist in Orthopaedics and trauma) 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'."

Since then, the 45-year-old has taken to having screws put in his legs, and although only one was augmented, he says things have gradually improved.

"I chose the right leg, the doctor couldn’t do both," he said. "I didn’t care. 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." Phew, good to hear it...


Getting rid of his Mrs might have got rid of a pain in the arse but it won't have helped his legs :D

DjurgardenBear
31-08-2014, 23:22
The Channel 4 generation.

http://figo29.files.wordpress.com/2011/10/one-of-the-most-famous-celebrations-in-history.jpg

Katemclarenrfc
31-08-2014, 23:25
The Channel 4 generation.

http://figo29.files.wordpress.com/2011/10/one-of-the-most-famous-celebrations-in-history.jpg

'Goooooooooooooooaaaallllllll Lazzzzzzzzzzzzziooooooo'

Worthy_Candidate
31-08-2014, 23:33
I remember Arsenal we're playing their Champions League fixtures at Wembley for a season coz they are greedy sods.

Batigol went one on one with Keown inside the box. The speed he switched the ball on to his right foot before crashing it high into Seaman's net was breathtaking. A Rolls. Royce of a footballer.

The old Serie A was not good for any striker's joints though. That his him and van Basten!

Battlefield Bear
31-08-2014, 23:38
'Goooooooooooooooaaaallllllll Lazzzzzzzzzzzzziooooooo'

It's actually 'Golaço!' that is shouted.

bornabluenose
31-08-2014, 23:39
I remember Arsenal we're playing their Champions League fixtures at Wembley for a season coz they are greedy sods.

Batigol went one on one with Keown inside the box. The speed he switched the ball on to his right foot before crashing it high into Seaman's net was breathtaking. A Rolls. Royce of a footballer.

The old Serie A was not good for any striker's joints though. That his him and van Basten!Wonder how many injections he took to be able to play through the pain barrier.

I would bet on many and I would also bet that it played a big part in what he suffered in later years.

mmrfc1873
31-08-2014, 23:48
I wet the bed even though the bathroom was only three meters away

I really can't see how losing his legs would have got him there faster. I just don't see it.

dougsdir24
01-09-2014, 00:14
Would Ally consider him as backup for Miller? :eek

blueman14
01-09-2014, 00:17
Batty Goal!!!

JammiesBear
01-09-2014, 00:22
I really can't see how losing his legs would have got him there faster. I just don't see it.

Amputees get a complimentary skateboard to get around:angel:

stayfor90mins
01-09-2014, 00:35
I remember Arsenal we're playing their Champions League fixtures at Wembley for a season coz they are greedy sods.

Batigol went one on one with Keown inside the box. The speed he switched the ball on to his right foot before crashing it high into Seaman's net was breathtaking. A Rolls. Royce of a footballer.

The old Serie A was not good for any striker's joints though. That his him and van Basten!

An absolute scorcher that goal at Wembley!

kaysdad
01-09-2014, 01:01
He was a fabulous player in his day.

Eddie Badabing
01-09-2014, 07:00
That's him and Mike "Shity" Galloway got something in common.

Although I'm sure Batigol has never considered cutting them with a pizza cutter like shity.

iaatpies
01-09-2014, 07:10
No cartilage at all? No wonder he's in constant pain. Bone on bone is agony.

frankieboy
01-09-2014, 07:34
Sorry to hear this,shocking.
In his he was one of the best.

Redondo
01-09-2014, 07:54
Is the statue in Florence still there?

We went to the U/C semi final and couldn't see it....

It wasnt a bronze, it was made of cardboard so it just withered away with the weather.

This I know as we got friendly with the locals and i asked that question.

Went back out for a Fiorentina v Napoli game and the Napoli fans were banned for hooliganism.

Redondo
01-09-2014, 07:56
The Channel 4 generation.

http://figo29.files.wordpress.com/2011/10/one-of-the-most-famous-celebrations-in-history.jpg

Their version of 'our louden' - bar marisa has a blown-up, signed and framed poster of this picture on their wall.

Pub_spy
01-09-2014, 09:41
Glad he's more comfortable now, must have been in agony far greater than We can imagine.

scottishcampbell
01-09-2014, 09:45
Loved when him play, animal of a player

22ndbb
01-09-2014, 09:48
No cartilage at all? No wonder he's in constant pain. Bone on bone is agony.

X - ray shows this. All my pain is at night. Hip replacement soon. Agony.

Dorian Blue
01-09-2014, 18:11
Quality player.