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5 weird reasons why footballers missed games

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Santiago Canizares
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Perhaps the most famous 'will he or won't he?' as regards to the availability of a player in a game of football took place ahead of the 1998 World Cup final in Paris, when Brazilian superstar Ronaldo had gone down with a fit. It remains a mystery but eventually, he played the game and put in a performance that showed that he not at 100%.

Players often miss out on games due to injuries or in some cases due to personal issues. However, over the years, there have been instances when professional footballers have been forced to miss a match due to absolutely bizarre reasons. So, here is a look at 5 of the most incredible reasons why some footballers missed a game.

#5 Rogue aftershave bottle crushes Canizares' World Cup dream

Former Spain and Valencia goalkeeper Santiago Canizares was one of the top goalkeepers of the late 1990s and early 2000s. He was the part of the legendary Valencia side that had reached the UEFA Champions League final twice in 2000 and 2001. Naturally, it was a given that he would be the man to go to Japan and Korea as Spain's number 1 goalkeeper for the 2002 World Cup.

He had been duly selected as the number 1 but then things a bizarre turn. One fine day, a few weeks ahead of the tournament, Canizares dropped his bottle of aftershave and in the process, the tendon in his toe came undone. There was no chance that he was going to come back from the injury to be ready for the World Cup and Iker Casillas took his place in the side. The rest, to use a cliché, is history. 

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