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Atlético Madrid’s Saúl Ñíguez recalls the night when he feared his career was over

Midfielder draws strength from adversity for Real Madrid clash having spent two years in pain and passing blood every day after serious kidney injury

At the end of every match and every training session for two years Saúl Ñíguez left the pitch, headed to the toilet and pissed blood. Every day it hurt, every day was a risk but the Atlético Madrid midfielder did not stop. Nor, though, did he entirely leave it behind until he returned to the place where his career could have ended – to the place his kidney burst.

That night in February 2015 at the BayArena in Leverkusen, barely able to stand, he had departed in the arms of the physio, vomiting repeatedly as they made their way to the dressing room; they had to stop seven times. Two years on he left the same arena having scored as Atlético beat Bayer Leverkusen 4-2 to put themselves on course for the Champions League quarter-finals where they met Leicester City. When they travelled to the King Power, having won the first leg 1-0, Saúl headed the goal that effectively ended the tie. Next up are Real Madrid, the club Saúl joined and left as a kid, the victim of bullying.

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Atlético Madrid’s Saúl Ñíguez recalls the night when he feared his career was over

Midfielder draws strength from adversity for Real Madrid clash having spent two years in pain and passing blood every day after serious kidney injury

At the end of every match and every training session for two years Saúl Ñíguez left the pitch, headed to the toilet and pissed blood. Every day it hurt, every day was a risk but the Atlético Madrid midfielder did not stop. Nor, though, did he entirely leave it behind until he returned to the place where his career could have ended – to the place his kidney burst.

That night in February 2015 at the BayArena in Leverkusen, barely able to stand, he had departed in the arms of the physio, vomiting repeatedly as they made their way to the dressing room; they had to stop seven times. Two years on he left the same arena having scored as Atlético beat Bayer Leverkusen 4-2 to put themselves on course for the Champions League quarter-finals where they met Leicester City. When they travelled to the King Power, having won the first leg 1-0, Saúl headed the goal that effectively ended the tie. Next up are Real Madrid, the club Saúl joined and left as a kid, the victim of bullying.

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