By: Maria Perez
Soccer may not be like American Football where players are deliberately tackling each other but it’s none-the-less a contact sport. Many cry wolf and like to put on a theatrical show to the viewers but sometimes it’s the real deal. This year there were a few serious injuries throughout the World Cup, and while many were able to continue playing after the foul, others had to wave goodbye to the most important tournament of their career.
Here are six of the worst injuries that happened in the 2014 World Cup.
6. Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini and Uruguay’s Luis Suarez
Okay, sure Chiellini was the victim here but Suarez definitely felt some gum pain after sinking his teeth into some tough Italian skin.
5. Germany’s Bastian Schweinstieger
After literally being punched in the face by Argentina’s Sergio Aguero, Schweinsteiger casually wiped the blood off and continued to win the World Cup. #RevengeIsSweet
4. Argentina’s Javier Mascherano
When it comes to the World Cup there is no holding back and Mascherano is a prime example of that. After an important slide tackle on Netherlands’ Arjen Robben, Mascherano gave a reporter a bit too much information.
Some unforgettable words from Mascherano: "I spread out my anus in that last tackle, that's why I felt so much pain"—
Tancredi Palmeri (@tancredipalmeri) July 10, 2014
3. Nigeria’s Ogenyi Onazi
The Nigerian midfielder said goodbye to the World Cup after receiving a nasty hit to the leg, thankfully he is only 21-years-old and hopes for a 2018 return.
2. Germany’s Christoph Kramer
Most of the German players probably don’t remember much after the game because of the after party but Christoph has no memory of the first half due to the jarring blow to his head. Kramer continued playing another 14 minutes after the collision, just for that he should have won some award.
1. Brazil’s Neymar
The Brazilian all-star is known for his theatrics on the field but after Colombia’s Juan Zuniga jabbed his knee into Neymar, it was clear he wasn’t acting here. The doctors later revealed he had indeed fractured his vertebrae making him ineligible for the rest of the Cup (and apparently the rest of the team as well).