5 players who hit their peak after suffering a career-threatening injury
Football can be a brutal game at times and not in a nice way either. The last-ditch clearance, the crunching tackle or an ill-timed lunge are all part and parcel of the game. However, those very things can often lead to career-ending injuries for footballers, and over the course of football's history, plenty of players have had their careers ended or severely curtailed on the back of such injuries.
That being said, there are some players who have been able to overcome horrific, potentially career-ending injuries to come back stronger than ever. In fact, they hit their peaks as footballers after their return. Here is a look at 5 footballers who returned as much better players and went on to become top players for their teams, following their return:
#5 Aaron Ramsey
When Arsenal battled Manchester United for the signing of the 18-year-old Aaron Ramsey in 2008, he was one of the hottest young prospects in British football and after he signed for the Gunners, he showed his talent straightaway by delivering an assist on his Premier League debut in September that year.
However, it all came crashing down in 2010 when a horror tackle from Stoke City's Ryan Shawcross brought about a double break and at the time, it looked as if Ramsey's top-level football career was going to be over at the age of 19.
Following that injury, Ramsey spent eight months on the sidelines and then was sent on loan to Cardiff City and Nottingham Forest in order to regain his fitness. He returned to Arsenal in 2010 and although it took him some time to get back to his peak, Ramsey exploded in the 2013-14 season.
He scored almost at will, ran great distances and capped it all off by scoring the winner in the FA Cup Final as Arsenal ended their infamous trophy drought. Ramsey also became an integral part of the Welsh national team and was arguably their best player as the nation went as far as the semi-final of the UEFA Euro 2016.
Last season Ramsey scored the winner against Chelsea in the FA Cup Final and started the 2017-18 season for Arsenal in fine form. He also reached a career milestone of 50 goals across all competitions for Arsenal, and has arguably hit his peak.