Top 5 Soccer Stars Whose Career Ended Prematurely Due to Injuries

By: Sandipan Ghosh Image credit: X

While soccer is a passionate and fast physical sport, injuries are really hard to avoid for any kind of regular player, which is the worst thing for the sport.

There are some unlucky moments where the players suffered horrific career-threatening injuries on the field. Some of those injuries even forced the players to end their soccer careers prematurely.

Belgian striker Luc Nilis' soccer career ended after a horrific injury in a clash with Ipswich Town goalkeeper Richard Wright. It resulted in an double-compound fracture of the right shin.

Norwegian player Alf-Inge Haaland suffered a left knee injury when Man United's Roy Keane allegedly kicked him deliberately. Only after 8 years, Haaland broke his retirement to play a few matches.

English midfielder Ben Collett, the Jimmy Murphy Young Player of the Year 2002/03, finished his career in his early 20s after Middlesbrough's Gary Smith's tackle broke his leg.

English striker Dean Ashton had a great start but a long-term ankle injury forced him to retire at the age of 26. A mistimed tackle from Shaun Wright-Phillips at training was the key reason.

Serving for Coventry City during an attack in a corner, the 28-year-old English center-back David Busst suffered a career-destructive broken leg after his collision with the Manchester United players.

Meanwhile, there are many other names in the long history of soccer where players' careers prematurely ended due to regular injuries.

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