10 Apr 2002:  David Beckham of Manchester United is stretchered off after picking up a serious injury during the UEFA Champions League quarter final second leg match between Manchester United and Deportivo La Coruna played at Old Trafford, in Manchester,England. Manchester United won the match 3-2, winning the tie 5-2 on aggregate. DIGITAL IMAGE. \ Mandatory Credit: Alex Livesey/Getty Images

6 of the Most Famous Metatarsal Breaks in Football Following Neymar's Latest Injury

In Sunday's 'Le Classique' fixture between PSG and Marseille, the Parisians' star man - and the world's most expensive player, Neymar - left the field on a stretcher. 


He's undergoing surgery on a fractured metatarsal bone in his foot. Remember that? It's an injury which is perhaps one of the most difficult to treat in football. 


After it was revealed that the Brazilian may miss up to eight weeks as well as the Ligue 1 side's crunch clash against Real Madrid, we decided to take a look at some of the most famous metatarsal breaks in football in recent years...

6. Gary Neville - 2002

After breaking the fifth metatarsal in his left foot against Bayer Leverkusen in Man Utd's Champions League semi final back in April 2002, Gary Neville faced a race to be fit for England's World Cup campaign. 


The tournament was to be held in June, giving Neville just under two months to recover from the injury. It usually takes around eight weeks to heal, but the full back simply ran out of time and missed the tournament completely.


Poor Gaz. 

5. Wayne Rooney - 2006

In another World Cup injury scare for England, Wayne Rooney suffered a fracture to the fourth metatarsal in his right foot after a clash with Chelsea's Paulo Ferreira. 


The injury left almost everyone in England fretting over their chances of success on the world stage, and despite not being fully fit, the Manchester United forward was included in the squad. He did however miss the first group game. 


Rooney ultimately came off the bench in the Three Lions' win over Trinidad and Tobago, although his inclusion didn't stop England from bottling it once again with Rooney receiving a red card in the quarter final loss to Portugal. 

4. Gabriel Jesus - 2017

A more recent case of the cursed metatarsal injury happened to strike down Manchester City's new recruit in Gabriel Jesus back in February of last year. 


The exciting Brazilian forward had only just arrived in England a month prior to him breaking his metatarsal against Bournemouth, halting his impressive start under Pep Guardiola. It left him on the sidelines for around two months. 


Luckily for City, however, they had a half decent player called Sergio Aguero, or whatever his name, is to hold down the fort...

3. Neymar - 2018

Neymar is the latest big name to fall victim to the dreaded metatarsal break.


The 26-year-old is set to miss around eight weeks whilst he recovers, missing numerous Ligue 1 games. But he's most significantly missing the crucial Champions League last 16 clash with Real Madrid - a game in which Los Blancos are currently 3-1 up on aggregate.  

2. Lionel Messi - 2006

Back in 2006, a fresh faced but precocious talent in Lionel Messi had his journey towards being the world's best player halted by a break to his fifth metatarsal in his left foot, sidelining the mesmeric Argentine for three months. 


The then 19-year-old suffered the injury after some brutal challenges from Real Zaragoza midfielders Alberto Zapater and Albert Celades, and as a result missed the Blaugrana's participation in the coveted Club World Cup. 

1. David Beckham - 2002

When David Beckham left the field against Deportivo after Aldo Duscher's horror tackle, England's hopes of being able to rely on the inspirational midfielder at the World Cup were left clouded in ambiguity. 


The situation felt even more unjust given the fact that Beckham's glorious freekick against Greece earned the Three Lions their place at the finals in South Korea and Japan, but thankfully for the midfielder and the nation, Beckham recovered in just seven weeks and played all five games for England. 


Beckham also scored the winning penalty against Argentina, the county of Duscher's birth, allowing England's number seven a bit of revenge for the ill timed tackle.