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The Brazilian star missed the Copa América because of a problem in his right ankle. It is not the first time that an incident hits an international crack prior to a major tournament
Brazil set out to play a relatively controlled friendly against Qatar on Wednesday, June 5 on their territory. The South American team sought to prepare adequately to face the Copa America that is played in their country since last Friday, June 14. However, the worst thing that could happen to the team happened: Neymar, his maximum figure, was injured and missed this continental tournament.
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Brazil's nightmare began when the French PSG player suffered an encounter with a Qatari player and doubled his right ankle. Some media spoke of ruptured ligaments in his ankle, but the PSG sent doctors to Brazil to determine the real extent of the injury: "sprain of the external lateral ligament of his right ankle without surgical indication". According to the statement from the French club, Neymar's injury is not so serious but it will be four weeks low, that is, enough to miss the Copa América that is being held in his homeland.
According to the Catalan daily Mundo Deportivo, the Brazilian player has already suffered 18 injuries in just five years. This situation has led him to miss the important final stages of the UEFA Champions League with PSG and now the relevant Copa América Brasil 2019 is lost. This seems a curse that has settled on the Brazilian. However, Neymar is not the only international crack that has suffered such a blow.
Radamel Falcao García
One of the most painful injuries in the history of Latin American football was the Colombian Radamel Falcao Garcia. "El Tigre" was injured in January 2014 in a seemingly inoffensive game of the Monaco of France. According to El Tiempo, a tough entry from a French defender caused the rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, and although he was able to prepare for more than 4 months, he did not arrive in time for the 2014 Brazil World Cup. The Colombian sadness was immense.
One of the most talented Germans of recent decades suffered an injury before the most important football event. This terrible curse settled on the Borussia Dortmund player weeks before the 2014 Brazil World Cup, as he suffered a torn ligament in his left ankle. "My dream has been broken in a second," said the German at that time. Likewise, the pain was greater when his selected one was able to become World Cup champion, without him. However, the curse did not stop there, as a new injury separated him from Euro 2016.
The Brazilian right-back most remembered since Cafú retired professionally, could not go to the 2018 World Cup in Russia. According to the newspaper As, Dani Alves suffered a dislocation of the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee that took him away from the courts. more than 6 months This Brazilian leader received perhaps the hardest blow of his sports career.
The midfield of England always found a reference of confidence in Frank Lampard. However, the European team underwent its sensible loss in the Eurocopa of 2012 when Lampard suffered a muscular break during training, according to El Mundo. That loss left the National Team of England severely affected, which was eliminated in the quarterfinals by Italy, via penalties.
According to the specialized portal Goal, the Dutchman Marco van Basten in the 1994 United States World Cup, the Brazilian Romario in the 1998 World Cup, the Argentine Alfredo Di Stéfano in the 1962 World Cup in Chile with the Spanish National Team, the Italian Roberto Baggio in the World Cup Korea and Japan 2002, the German Bernd Schuster in the Spain 82 World Cup, and the English Michael Owen and David Beckham in the World Cup South Africa 2010, among many other players, were some of the most important stars who missed the most important soccer event of the year. planet for strong injuries.
The curse of having an injury before the crucial moment in which the colors of your country are defended in a continental or world competition is overwhelmingly saddening. Neymar is not the only one that this curse has touched, because many world stars have suffered the same misfortune. However, the Brazilian crack is expected to strengthen physically to avoid similar situations in the future. Brazil needs it.
LatinAmerican Post | Javier Aldana
Translated from "Neymar ingresó en la lista de lesiones 'malditas' del fútbol"