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5 players who hit their peak after suffering a career-threatening injury

  • A look at 5 players who reached their peaks as footballers after coming back from what seemed like career-ending injuries
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Modified 20 Dec 2019, 14:31 IST

#4 Henrik Larsson

Henrik Larsson of Celtic is fouled
Henrik Larsson endured a terrifying break as well

Swedish striker Henrik Larsson was one of Europe's most prolific strikers for Scottish club Celtic and in only his second season with the club in 1998-99, he had scored 38 goals.

However, just when it seemed his career was going on a never before seen upward trajectory, Larsson suffered a potentially career-ending injury. In a UEFA Champions League game, he ended up having his leg broken into three. Very few footballers return from such an injury and get back to their best.

Larsson spent the rest of the season on the sidelines and when he returned in the 2000-01 season when he showed that his goal-scoring skills were as good as before. He scored 53 goals in that season for Celtic as the club went on to win all three domestic trophies in Scottish football.

Larsson scored as many as 171 goals for Celtic since his return from that injury and went on to become one of Europe's most sought-after strikers. He moved on to Barcelona after his stint with Celtic and even won the UEFA Champions League with them.

Published 04 Jan 2018, 12:20 IST
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