One of deadliest strikers in recent history has opened up on his horrific injury struggles, revealing that he once begged a doctor to amputate both of his legs so he would no longer feel pain.
Serie A and Argentina legend Gabriel Batistuta is still hailed as one of the most prolific forwards of all time, having scored plenty goals at international level and for clubs such as Fiorentina and Roma.
The former striker, now 50 years old, recently underwent an operation on his ankle from an injury he has been carrying since his career, saying in a recent interview that he once wanted to lose his legs.
"I was crying from the pain, so I asked a doctor to amputate my legs," he told Corriere della Sera.
"I felt pain, pain and more pain. The operation was a solution I’d been chasing for at least six to seven years.
"In 40 days, once I remove the brace, we’ll know if the pain has disappeared and I can finally walk like a normal person again.
"As soon as I stopped playing, I found my ankles to be in pieces. Bone against bone, supporting a weight of 86-87 kilograms. The slightest movement became agony.
"I had the same problem as (Marco) Van Basten, who said enough was enough at 28 years of age.
"I couldn’t get out of bed on some days. I’d be crying with anger and I said to myself: ‘It can’t go on like this.’
"I felt sick, so sick that I went to a doctor friend of mine and asked him to amputate my legs. I prayed to him, I insisted. I told him that this was no longer life."
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