The party that Atletico Madrid will play this Tuesday, September 13, against the Bayer Leverkusensecond day of the Champions League, It will not be one more for a member of the mattress expedition.
For Saul Niguezreturn to BayArena it is to return to a place that changed his life and that could take him away from what he loves most, football. We are talking about 2015, a year in which the youth squad began to be important in the rojiblanco team. The Athletic the pass to the quarterfinals of the Champions League before him Leverkusen. a hit with Papadopoulos literally burst his kidney. He had to leave the field in an ambulance to be transferred to the hospital, where he was hospitalized for a while. The area had to be drained with a catheter. The player had already had to undergo surgery, being in the Vallecano Ray, from that area of that left kidney. “For me it became normal to urinate blood after each game or session. I didn’t understand anything else: if I had to go to the bathroom, it was going to come out red, ”he commented later after that operation.
The blow in this same scenario stopped him suddenly, living a terrible situation. “When I sat on the stretcher I was shaking and I couldn’t move and they couldn’t stick me. I couldn’t feel my arms or legs. But the worst was when I saw my father concerned when he saw me tremble”, the player recalled some time later.
How would be the unbearable pain that the soccer player asked the doctors to remove his kidney, something that finally did not occur thinking about the figure of German Burgos, who knew what he was talking about because he had gone through cancer. “You have to think that after football there is a life ahead,” Simeone’s then-second had told him.
ONE BEFORE AND ONE AFTER
From that incident emerged a Saul Niguez reborn, different, stronger you could say. He tattooed the phrase ‘Strength does not come from the body’s capacity, but from the will of the soul’ and, now, every time he scores a goal, he kisses it.
In addition, due to the aftermath of the kidney injury, he changed his diet to become practically vegetarian, not for pleasure, but because it was the best for his health. That blow was a brake for a footballer who arrived packed: “The injury of Leverkusen. It came at the time when I had more confidence, when I felt more like myself and on top of that it marked me because there were sequels”.
Treatments, care, food… that episode left her with sequels. He now arrives in a very different situation, after the experience of last year in the Chelseatrying to find again on your site.
It is not the first time he has visited this same field after that. He did it on 16/17 and 19/20. In the first of his returns, the player took revenge for what happened. He scored a great match at the BayArena, where he scored a great goal collecting the ball in the midfield, leaving with a touch of his marker, to outline himself to put the ball with a thread on the far post, where Leno could not reach.
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