Neymar joins long list of stars to go through injury hell
Football Three injuries in 2019 alone
Injuries have plagued him in 2019 as he has struggled to build up consistent form, much like many other superstars before him.
Neymar‘s compatriot knows more than most about injury hell. O Fenomeno suffered a devastating knee injury for the first time for Inter in November 1999, returning for the Coppa Italia final against Lazio in April 2000, only to suffer an even worse injury to the same knee after seven minutes.
The Dutch winger had a glittering career before retiring this summer after a final campaign ruined by injuries, but in total he spent more than 1,200 days in the medical room as he was hit by a range of injury issues.
Ankle problems were Van Basten’s great weakness, though he underwent various operations in an attempt to overcome the issue, such as the one which allowed him to play in the Champions League final in 1993 against Marseille. He could barely walk by the time Fabio Capello substituted him towards the end of the fixture, retiring two years later at the age of 31.
While at Tottenham, Bale struggled with injury from time to time but since moving to Spain it has become a major issue, being injured on 17 separate occasions since joining Los Blancos in 2013.
The German missed both the 2014 World Cup and 2016 European Championship due to injuries, then being sidelined for 220 days in 2017 due to a knee ligament issue.
At River Plate a cruciate ligament injury struck him for the first time and whilst he avoided a repeat at Porto or Atletico Madrid, he again struggled with his knee and Achilles at Monaco and on loan at Chelsea.