Euro 2024: Ranking the 8 Horrible Injuries in Football History After Mbappe Broke His Nose

Euro 2024: Ranking the 8 Horrible Injuries in Football History After Mbappe Broke His Nose

Isaac Darko
updated at June 18, 2024 at 9:49 AM
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  • Kylian Mbappe broke his nose during the 2024 UEFA European Championship group-stage match between France and Austria
  • The Real Madrid new signing was substituted late in the game due to the injury and could miss the rest of Les Bleus' group games
  • Following Mbappe's nasty knock in his Euro 2024 opener, Sports Brief examines the eight most severe injuries in the history of the game

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Kylian Mbappe sustained a broken nose during France's Euro 2024 group-stage match against Austria.

The recent Real Madrid signee had to be substituted late in the game due to an injury and might miss the rest of France's group matches.

Kylian Mbappe broke his nose during the 2024 UEFA European Championship group-stage match between France and Austria
Kylian Mbappe broke his nose during the 2024 UEFA European Championship group-stage match between France and Austria. Photo by Franck Fife.
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Although immediate surgery is not required, the French Football Federation plans to have a mask made for their captain, though it is uncertain if he will play against the Netherlands on Friday.

The 25-year-old forward collided with Kevin Danso’s shoulder during an aerial challenge in France’s 1-0 victory over Austria on Monday and was subsequently taken to a hospital in Dusseldorf, per Yahoo Sports.

In light of Mbappe’s unfortunate injury, Sports Brief looks back at eight of the most severe injuries in football history.

Worst injuries in football history

David Busst (Coventry City vs Manchester United - 1996)

David Busst's career was tragically cut short in 1996 when he collided with Manchester United players during a corner, suffering compound fractures to both the tibia and fibula in his right leg.

The aftermath was a gruelling recovery involving multiple surgeries and concerns that his leg might need to be amputated.

Though amputation was avoided, the severity of the injuries forced Busst to retire from professional football. Since then, he has been involved with Coventry City's community program, but the injury was so catastrophic that he never played football again.

Eduardo da Silva (Arsenal vs Birmingham City - 2008)

In 2008, Eduardo da Silva suffered a horrific leg injury while playing for Arsenal against Birmingham City, per Football London.

A reckless tackle by Martin Taylor caused a broken left fibula and a dislocated ankle for Eduardo, sidelining him shortly after his arrival at the Gunners.

Despite a determined comeback in February 2009, he struggled to regain his previous form. Eduardo later joined Shakhtar Donetsk, achieving moderate success before retiring in 2018.

Djibril Cisse (Liverpool vs Blackburn Rovers (2004)

Djibril Cisse's career was marred by two severe leg fractures that occurred just two years apart. The first injury happened in 2004 while playing for Liverpool, sidelining him for seven months.

The second, arguably more harrowing, took place during a World Cup warm-up match in 2006.

During a match against China, Cisse was chasing the ball down the right flank when a defender's challenge caused him to lose balance, resulting in his right leg twisting unnaturally beneath him.

Despite these significant setbacks, Cisse's determination allowed him to continue his career at various clubs, although he never fully recaptured his previous form.

Luke Shaw (Manchester United vs PSV - 2015)

Luke Shaw, a promising left-back, faced a significant setback when he sustained a double leg fracture during a Champions League match against PSV in 2015.

This injury severely hindered his progress at Manchester United. After an arduous 11-month recovery, Shaw returned to the pitch and gradually became an integral part of United's defence, although he continued to battle injuries throughout his career.

Marcin Wasilewski (Anderlecht vs Standard Liege - 2009)

During a 2009 Belgian Pro League match, Marcin Wasilewski endured a severe leg and ankle break due to a vicious tackle by Axel Witsel.

Wasilewski required surgery for open fractures in both his tibia and fibula.

Despite the severity of the injury, he made a remarkable recovery and played a key role in Leicester City's Premier League title win under Claudio Ranieri, one of football's greatest stories.

Roberto Baggio (Brescia vs Parma - 2002)

Renowned Italian forward Roberto Baggio faced a major setback in 2002 when he tore his ACL while playing for Brescia against Parma. This injury sidelined him for several months.

Nevertheless, Baggio made a successful return to the game, recording consecutive double-digit goal seasons in Serie A despite the late-career injury.

Alf-Inge Haaland (Manchester City vs Manchester United (2001)

A reckless challenge by Roy Keane caused a knee injury that ended Alf-Inge Haaland's career, sparking controversy.

In his autobiography, Keane admitted he had been seeking revenge for a previous clash in 1997, where Haaland accused him of feigning injury while Keane had actually ruptured his cruciate ligament. Haaland played only a few more matches before retiring in 2003.

Kieron Dyer (West Ham United vs Bristol Rovers - 2007)

Kieron Dyer's career took a downturn following a severe injury in a League Cup match against Bristol Rovers in 2007.

A collision with Joe Jacobson resulted in a double fracture to Dyer's right leg.

Although he managed to recover, this injury greatly impacted his career, and he was never able to reach the same level of performance he had enjoyed earlier at Newcastle.

Mbappe jokes with fans after breaking nose

Sports Brief also reported that Mbappe found the funny side of his unfortunate injury suffered during the game against Austria.

The Real Madrid star captained the French side as they kicked off their Euro 2024 campaign with a victory but also broke his nose.

After the match, Mbappe joked with fans online that he would need a mask and asked them to submit their suggestions.

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Isaac Darko is a La Liga, Ligue 1 and Bundesliga editor at Sports Brief with a Degree in Journalism and Communications from Ghana Institute of Journalism (2010)