Premier League Footballers Who Took Mid-season Breaks for Various Reasons

Mudeet Arora
Cristiano Ronaldo and Sir Alex Ferguson share a father son relationship in football
Cristiano Ronaldo and Sir Alex Ferguson share a father son relationship in football / Dave J Hogan/Getty Images

Multiple Premier League footballers in this season itself have had the need for compassionate leave with Alisson and David De Gea being granted leaves for different reasons pertaining to their personal lives.

Clubs in the past have given their players such breaks during an ongoing season for various reasons, which may or may not be on just compassionate terms. Here are the top 5 players who took these breaks in different circumstances.

1. Sergio Aguero

Sergio Aguero
Sergio Aguero chose to attend a music concert in Amsterdam two days before Manchester City's clash against Chelsea / Visionhaus/Getty Images

Just two days before Manchester City's clash against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in 2017, Aguero chose to attend the concert of Colombian singer Maluma in Amsterdam.

This news would not have come out if the striker's taxi had not hit a lamp-post as he was being driven to the airport to fly back to Manchester. Aguero suffered a fractured rib.

2. Mesut Ozil

Mesut Ozil, Arsene Wenger
Ozil pretty much broke every rule at Arsenal / Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Ozil was at the peak of his powers at Arsenal during Arsene Wenger and was most loved by fans at the Emirates.

Wenger was also accused of handing out preferential treatment to the German when it was found that Ozil was partying in Berlin before reporting ill for a game against Newcastle United just hours later.

At that time, Wenger had said, "On that front, I don't think you can stop anybody from wishing a happy birthday to a friend when he is in his own country."

The picture of Ozil sitting on a plan jetting off to his family while Arsenal had to play against Sutton had gone viral.

3. Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo, Sir Alex Ferguson
Cristiano Ronaldo had to visit his ailing father before an important Manchester United game / Alex Livesey/Getty Images

One of the biggest reasons why Cristiano Ronaldo considers Sir Alex Ferguson as he father in football is due to an incident in his career during his Manchester United days.

United had a pretty busy schedule with important games coming ahead when Ronaldo's father fell very sick in a London hospital.

Ronaldo recalled his version of the whole incident as he said, "Sir Alex Ferguson is the father of football for me. We are in a key moment in the league and the Champions League, but I say, 'Boss, I don't feel good. I want to see my dad."

Sir Alex replied, "Cristiano, you want to go one day, two days, one week, you can go. I'm going to miss you here because you know you are important, but your dad (comes) first."

Ronaldo's father eventually passed away on the eve of Manchester United's group game against Villarreal in 2005. The mentality monster Portuguese legend played in that game.

4. N'Golo Kante

Ngolo Kante
N'Golo Kante stayed home after passing out in training / Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Kante's brother died from a heart attack just before the 2018 FIFA World Cup and in the same year, Kante himself mysteriously passed out at Chelsea's training ground without any explanation from the medical team.

So, when football returned after the first lockdown was eased, Kante stayed and trained from home as he was fearful of his situation.

5. Carlos Tevez

Carlos Tevez, Roberto Mancini
Carlos Tevez had a lot of misunderstandings with Roberto Mancini at Manchester City / Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Argentine striker Carlos Tevez was fined half a million pounds by Manchester for apparently refusing to come on as a substitute in the Champions League game against Bayern Munich in September 2011.

Then manager Roberto Mancini told Tevez to go back to Argentina during their argument in the game and that's exactly what he did.

When he settled the matter with the club, Tevez scored on his return against Norwich City.