The Rundown

The football hard men who played on through horrendous injuries

The Rundown

Antonio Valencia

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Antonio Valencia

Manchester United's midfielder looked like a boxer struggling through the 12th round of a title bout after getting clobbered early on in the Champions League match against Olympiacos on Wednesday night. Despite his swollen eye making him barely able to see, he struggled on until the 77th minute to enjoy as much as he could of United's glorious night.

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Ally Maxwell

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Football hard men who played on through injuries

In the 1991 Scottish Cup Final, Motherwell goalie Maxwell was kneed in the stomach by Dundee United's John Clark in the second half. He could barely stand, yet had to play on since Motherwell had used all their subs. Agonisingly, the game then went to extra time and, with Motherwell leading 4-3 in the dying moments, Maxwell made an excruciating leap into the air to tip a Maurice Malpas volley over the bar. It was a match-winning save that won Motherwell the Cup - but Maxwell's only celebrations were nine days in hospital with a ruptured spleen and three broken ribs.

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Franz Beckenbauer

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Football hard men who played on through injuries

The legendary West Germany sweeper who captained his side to victory in the 1974 World Cup might have tasted glory four years before if he'd not dislocated his shoulder in the semi-final against Italy. He played on regardless despite being in clear pain, and his handicap was widely regarded as the main reason West Germany lost 4-3.

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Terry Butcher

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Football hard men who played on through injuries

The England defender provided one of the most iconic moments in British sporting history when he played on despite a head injury that poured blood during England's World Cup qualifier against Sweden in 1989. The 0-0 draw saw England get the point they needed to qualify for the tournament…

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Football hard men who played on through injuries

…and you can see from Butcher's face that he barely felt a thing after the match!

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Cesc Fabregas

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Football hard men who played on through injuries

The Arsenal skipper was the star player as the Gunners fought back from 2-0 down at home against Barcelona in the Champions League in 2010, and when he was fouled late in the match he stepped up to dispatch the penalty - only to discover later that he'd actually broken his leg.

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Paul Gascoigne

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Football hard men who played on through injuries

Many of Gazza's injuries over the years were self-inflicted, but you could never accuse him of not wanting to keep on playing regardless. And when he broke his cheekbone in 1993 he refused to let it keep him out of action, and his 'Phantom of the Opera' facemask ensure he could still turn out for Lazio and England.

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Paul Ince

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Football hard men who played on through injuries

The England midfielder known as 'The Guvnor' refused to leave the pitch during England's critical World Cup qualifier against Italy in Rome in 1997. He lost two pints of blood during the course of the game, but England secured the draw they needed to make it to the World Cup.

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Bastian Schweinsteiger

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Football hard men who played on through injuries

The Bayern Munich midfield lynchpin played through a serious ankle injury throughout much of Bayern's record-setting, treble-winning season in 2012-13, though he never let on at any time - and only agreed to go under the knife after lifting the Champions League trophy in May.

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Vincent Kompany

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Football hard men who played on through injuries

Manchester City's captain was involved in a horrendous collision with Serbian goalkeeper Vladimir Stojkovic in their World Cup qualifier last year, but decided that a quick squirt of water would be enough to see him right. Only later did it emerge that he had a cracked eye socket, a broken nose and concussion.

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Stuart Pearce

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Football hard men who played on through injuries

The England star had long since earned the nickname "Psycho" when he was playing for West Ham in 1999, but showed that he was still crazy after all those years by trying to run off a broken leg sustained in the first half of a match against Watford. He even refused to take his boots off at half-time because he wanted to go back out in the second period. Horrifically, six months later he was at it again when he broke his leg once more, this time against Nottingham Forest, and refused to be stretchered off the pitch!

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Ray Wood

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Football hard men who played on through injuries

The Manchester United goalkeeper had his jaw broken in the 1957 FA Cup final when Aston Villa's Peter McParland collided with him. There were no substitutes allowed back then, so Jackie Blanchflower went in goal while Wood was patched up - but the keeper soon came back on to play out the rest of the match. There was no happy ending, though: United lost 2-1.

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Martin Palermo

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Football hard men who played on through injuries

The Argentine superstar was still in rehab for an anterior cruciate ligament injury as Boca Juniors went into their Copa Libertadores quarter-final against fierce local rivals River Plate in 2000. Despite still being unfit, the club gambled on subbing in their star man with 15 minutes left - and he scored the goal that sent Boca through. They went on to win the cup.

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John Brown

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Football hard men who played on through injuries

'Bomber' was as hard as nails at the heart of the Rangers defence in the early 1990s. Rangers may never have equalled Celtic's record of nine straight Scottish titles if Bomber had not played through the pain barrier on the final day of the 1990/91 season. Rangers needed to beat Aberdeen to claim the title, and duly managed a 2-0 win. Brown only found out he had snapped his Achilles tendon afterwards.

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Ronaldinho

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Football hard men who played on through injuries

Think of a Brazilian getting injured and you normally think of players feigning injuries, but the legendary Ronaldinho showed it ain't necessarily so when he picked himself up off the deck following this horrific challenge by Diego Braghieri last year. With all the subs used, Ronaldinho hobbled his way through the last two minutes of the match - though understandably he missed the spot kick.

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Bert Trautmann

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Football hard men who played on through injuries

The former German paratrooper suffered a broken neck representing Manchester City in the 1956 FA Cup final against Birmingham City. And played on. And recovered from his ordeal. He helped his side complete a 3-1 win with a crooked neck and only found out three days later that he made a number of saves with a broken neck.

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