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7 Footballers Who Battled With Physical Disabilities While Playing

Some of your favourite footballers really had a difficult time on the pitch, as they battled with different kinds of disabilities while they played on the pitch. See below:

1. Robert Schlienz 

Robert Schlienz was a German football player, who was born on February 3, 1924. He played for clubs like FV Zuffenhausen and VfB Stuttgart.

In August 1948, he was involved in a horrible car accident, which resulted in his left forearm being amputated.

However, he didn't leave football and played in the game against Bayern Munich. He died on June 18, 1995.

2. Gordon Banks

Gordon Banks was an English goalkeeper, who was born on December 30, 1937. He was involved in a car accident in October 1972, that left him without a hand. He was 34 years at that time, and consequently he left football, but returned five years later.

3. Edgar Davids

Edgar Davids is a retired Dutch footballer, who played for clubs like Ajax, Juventus and Barcelona. He suffered glaucoma during his playing days at Ajax and as a result, he had to wear goggles for protection while playing.

4. Hector Castro

Hector Castro was a Uruguayan football player and coach. While he was only 13 years old, he had his right forearm cut off with am electric saw.

5. Garrincha

His full name was Manuel Francisco Dos Santos, but everybody knows him as Garrincha. He is one of Brazil's best footballers ever, and some soccer analyst s even rank him ahead of Pele.

Garrincha, who was a skilful dribbler, was born with certain deformities like a crooked spine, warped knees, and also his right and left legs were not of the same length, with the left being a bit shorter.

But inspire of all this, Garrincha still proved his worth and helped Brazil win two World Cup trophies.

6. Alejandro Sanchez Lopez

Lopez, who formerly played for clubs like Real Zaragoza and Sydney Olympic, currently plays for a club known as Tudelano. He has just one arm, but that has not deterred him from being a professional footballer.

7. Petr Cech

The former Chelsea and Arsenal goalkeeper got involved in a collision during a match against Reading, which resulted in a fractured skull. This, he had to wear head guards during matches as a protective measure.

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