Santi Cazorla has done the unthinkable, with the former Arsenal midfielder receiving a call-up to the Spanish National Team after almost having to quit football due to a leg injury.
The midfielder was told he might have to quit football due to an infection in his foot and that he may never be able to walk, in October, 2017. Cazorla went through 11 surgeries and recovered in fantastic fashion to resume footballing duties in 2018. But, even the most optimistic of his fans would have never envisaged this.
Spain squad announced…
SANTI CAZORLA IS BACK!
— The Spanish Football Podcast (@tsf_podcast) May 17, 2019
— TheAFCnewsroom (@TheAFCnewsroom) May 17, 2019
Santi Cazorla: Only Pablo Sarabia (13) has registered more assists than @19SCazorla (10) of Spanish players in La Liga this season
— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) May 17, 2019
After a brilliant season with Villarreal, Cazorla has received a call-up to the Spanish National Team. From being told he could have to quit football to receiving a call-up again for the senior squad for Spain at the age of 34, the news has been received well by footballing fans all across the world.
Tributes poured in for the determination that Cazorla has shown, with Twitterati hailing his will power to recover from the potentially career-ending injury.
🗓 October 2017:
😢 Santi Cazorla was told he may never play Football again.
🗓 January 2019:
⚽️ Santi Cazorla scores a brace against @RealMadrid.
📅 May 2019:
🇪🇸 Santi Cazorla is named in the @SEFutbol squad for the first time since 2015.
🙌 Anything is possible. pic.twitter.com/NZExrxfUym
— SPORF (@Sporf) May 17, 2019
After being told he’d possibly never walk again, missing over 600 days with injury & facing extended periods away from his wife/children due to rehab, Santi Cazorla has been called up to the Spain squad for the first time since 2015. Truly inspirational. No one deserves it more!
— Patrick Timmons (@PatrickTimmons1) May 17, 2019
From being told that he may never be able walk again due to an infection in his foot, having 11 surgeries to recover from it & doctor telling him that he would be lucky if he is able to walk again properly, Cazorla is called up to the Spain squad after 4 years.
What a comeback! pic.twitter.com/EDBSCVK1My
— FootballFunnys (@FootballFunnnys) May 17, 2019
Villarreal midfielder Santi Cazorla has been called up to the Spain national team squad for the first time since 2015 for their matches against the Faroe Islands & Sweden next month.
— afcstuff (@afcstuff) May 17, 2019
Santi Cazorla has been named in the Spain squad for the first since 2015.
Well deserved 👏👏👏 pic.twitter.com/kvvMTUNz4w
— Footy Accumulators (@FootyAccums) May 17, 2019
🤕 636 days out injured
✅ Multiple operations
😔 Told he should be ‘satisfied’ to walk again
Today Santi Cazorla was called up to the Spain national team squad for the first time in FOUR years! 🇪🇸
A true lesson in never giving up 💪 pic.twitter.com/8VmPkdOWdB
— Soccer AM (@SoccerAM) May 17, 2019
Seeing that Santi Cazorla has been called up to the Spain squad after 4 years out and a possible career ending injury has made my day. The little magician. 🎩 pic.twitter.com/lBszYrQtta
— GoonerViews (@GoonerViews) May 17, 2019
If you love football, you love Santi Cazorla
— arseblog (@arseblog) May 17, 2019
Santi Cazorla called to the Spain squad!!!! pic.twitter.com/KET0ZSpnzN
— Mike Courtney (@CourtOfficial_) May 17, 2019
Santi Cazorla has truly set an example, with his remarkable recovery.