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10 greatest comebacks made by footballers

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Modified 20 Dec 2019, 12:47 IST

“And why do we fall, Bruce? So we can learn to pick ourselves up.” These words from Thomas Wayne would go on to serve as the biggest piece of motivation for his son Bruce Wayne, as he turned himself around and became the “man” that Gotham needed. There I was was sitting laid back in my theatre seat when I heard these words. In years to come, the lines that would etch out its own niche in the conscience of not only mine but also significant others.While Gotham found a superhero in Batman, the world of football has given us superheroes of our own. These gladiators never knew when they were beaten. For them quitting was always too early, if of course they knew the word. Whether it was life threatening diseases, career ending injuries or significant bans causing uproar in the world of football, there have been people who have always picked themselves up and prepared for one last push.Today we check upon ten of the greatest comebacks that footballers have made in the modern era.

#1 Jonas Gutierez

Jonas Gutierrez

The Argentine international was diagnosed with cancer in the summer of 2013. The classless Newcastle management had already told the Argentine to find a new home after having spent the latter part of the 2013/14 season at loan at Norwich.

The Argentine had kept his situation well concealed until an interview with the Argentine media let the world know that he was diagnosed with cancer and had a testicle removed. The chemotherapy had left Gutierez wishing that he merely remained alive; rather than make a comeback to the greens of St. James’ Park.

However, the 31-year old showed that he had the soul of a lion. Gutierez not only made a full recovery from the disease, but also made it back to the black and white of Newcastle by March 2014.  

The winger, who had helped the club come back to the Premier League in 2010 was again the man of the moment as he put on a stupendous performance on the last day of the season to help Newcastle stave off a second relegation in the space of seven years. An assist and eventually a second goal came from the boots of the Argentine to help the Magpies finish the season in style.

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Published 23 Jun 2015, 23:16 IST
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