Injuries tend not to be funny, given their painful nature. But sometimes you just have to laugh at some of the mishaps footballers have endured.
10. Paulo Diogo
In December 2004, in an away game against FC Schaffhausen, Servette FC’s Diogo created a goal in the 87th minute and
celebrated by climbing the metal perimeter fence. Unbeknownst to him, the recently married midfielder’s wedding ring caught in the fence and as he jumped down the better part of his ring finger was severed off. The rest had to be amputated later that day. He was booked for his goal celebration.
9. David Seaman
Seaman could be on this list twice; he once put his shoulder out while he was fishing. But even worse was to follow, he apparently broke a bone whilst reaching for the remote control; he is not alone in this though as apparently Carlo Cudicini also broke a bone in his attempts to retrieve the remote. Probably not the same remote though.
8. Robbie Keane
Remote controls claimed another victim as Robbie Keane found out it in 1998; the Irish forward managed to rupture cartilage in his knee when reaching for the remote.
7. Rio Ferdinand
Back in 2001, Rio managed to damage his knee sitting on the sofa with his feet up on the coffee table.
6. Alan Wright
Aston Villa’s vertically challenged full-back managed to strain his knee as he stretched to reach the accelerator in his new Ferrari.
5. Dave Beasant
In 1993, Beasant injured his foot as he attempted to prevent a jar of salad cream that he had fumbled from hitting the floor.
4. Leroy Lita
The former Reading man missed the beginning of the season in 2007 after damaging a leg muscle as he stretched in bed after waking up.
3. Santiago Canizares
Football can be a cruel game; Canizares was all set to be Spain’s goalkeeper at the 2002 World Cup after being second choice in the previous tournament before a bottle of aftershave ruled him out of the squad. He accidentally smashed the bottle and a shard of glass cut his foot and severed a tendon in his right foot.
2. Svein Grondalen
The Norwegian defender was forced to withdraw from an international fixture after he collided with a moose when he was out jogging.
1. Darius Vassell
Recently evicted from a Turkish hotel, Vassell’s bizzare injury came in 2003 and was completely self-inflicted. Findng a blood blister under the toe-nail on his big toe, Vassell attempted to drain the blister using a power drill. Somewhat predictably, his attempt at amateur surgery went awry and he picked up an infection.
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