Football’s most painful moments – from Phil Babb’s groin to Eduardo’s ankle snap

It’s rare a weekend goes by without a footballing injury horror story with broken legs and bloody cuts often seen.

Players can be ruled out for multiple months or some, sadly, can have their careers ended by injuries suffered.

But which injuries seen on the football pitch are the most painful?

Starsport have had a look at the sorest moments, mixing up different injuries from across the decades of the beautiful game.

We are fortunate enough to have not yet suffered a cruciate ligament injury and we don’t want to either, but neither do we fancy any of these injuries striking us.

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Seven most painful moments in football

Patrick Battiston

In the World Cup semi-finals of 1982, Battiston was the victim of one of the worst challenges ever seen on a pitch.

Battiston raced on to a pass from Michel Platini and took a shot at goal.

That dribbled wide but it was the leap into Battiston from goalkeeper Harald Schumacher that shocked the world – and left the French star unconscious.

Schumacher jumped into his opponent, his hip connecting firmly with Battiston’s head.

Schumacher has always denied any foul intention while Battiston lost two teeth and had three cracked ribs.

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Wayne Rooney

Not one for the faint hearted, England star Wayne Rooney was left with a five-inch gash on his forehead back in September 2013.

It actually came from a Manchester United team-mate with Phil Jones’ boot connecting with the striker.

While it came on the training pitch, it left a nasty gash which Rooney posted on social media after he was questioned over his commitment to the England squad.

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Hugo Lloris

Tottenham Lloris had been struggling with his form and this injury came following a blunder from the Frenchman.

Away to Brighton earlier this season, Lloris struggled to deal with a Pascal Gross cross, dropping the ball and allowing Neal Maupay to finish simply.

But it got worse for the Frenchman as he fell backwards before landing awkwardly on his left arm.

He ended up with a dislocated elbow and only recently returned to action… ouch!

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Eduardo

It's amazing to think that this was 12 years ago this month.

Arsenal’s Croatian star Eduardo had lit up the Premier League and helped the Gunners to the top of the table.

But, just three minutes into their clash at Birmingham, Eduardo’s dreams and leg had been shattered.

Martin Taylor’s challenge left the star in a crumpled heap with TV deciding it was too horrific an incident to show a replay of.

Arsenal crumbled in that match with Birmingham stealing a point with a last-gasp penalty as captain William Gallas sat in the centre circle.

Arsene Wenger’s side would ultimately finish four points behind Premier League winners Manchester United.

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Steve Morrow

Your first goal for the club wins your team the League Cup in 1993, it’s what dreams are made of.

At least, it was for Morrow, up until Arsenal team-mate Tony Adams attempted to pick him up and parade him on his shoulders in celebrations after the match.

Adams slipped and Morrow awkwardly hit the ground, breaking his arm and having to be rushed to hospital, without receiving his winners medal!

He did finally pick up his gong at the FA Cup final in the same season despite being forced out of the rest of the campaign with the injury.

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David Busst

Former Coventry defender Busst needed 22 operations after a clash with Manchester United stars Denis Irwin and Brian McClair back in 1996.

It was a collision that left his right leg in an ‘L’ shape and ended Busst’s career at the age of 29.

He ran the risk of having his leg amputated and recently admitted: “It’s not me that’s famous, it’s that bottom half of my leg.

“If I’m ever playing a charity match or out and about people will ask to see it and have a picture.”

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Phil Babb

Perhaps the most iconic, and for men most painful, injury of them all.

Liverpool defender Babb was lining up against Chelsea back in 1998 when Blues star Pierluigi Casiraghi had taken it around the keeper and was ready to slot into an empty net.

Babb was determined to stop the strike and hurtled towards goal, putting in a sliding effort. But he didn’t make contact with the ball.

Well, not that one… Instead Babb crashed into the post, crushing his crown jewels and leaving the defender writhing in agony.

Proper nutcracker.

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