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The Time Carles Puyol Nearly Broke Phil Neville's Leg In Six-A-Side Game

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The Time Carles Puyol Nearly Broke Phil Neville's Leg In Six-A-Side Game

Carles Puyol took the saying 'let them know you're there early doors' to new heights when he put in a crunching tackle on Phil Neville during a six-a-side tournament.

The former Barcelona centre-back, who spent 19 trophy-laden years at the Catalan club, was representing Spain in the inaugural 'Star Sixes' tournament in London when the incident occured.

Spain went on beat England 4-1 as former Liverpool winger Luis Garcia netted a brace at the O2 Arena, but it was this brutal challenge from Puyol that grabbed the headlines.

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After the full-time whistle, Neville spoke about the challenge in an interview with Sky Sports.

“It’s the worst tackle I’ve ever seen on a football field,” he said. “I hope UEFA, FIFA and the FA all have a look at this.

“The thing that upset me more than anything was the referee said he got the ball. Honestly, it was a horrendous tackle.”

Neville also confirmed that the former Barcelona and Spain captain was "very apologetic" after the full-time whistle.

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In fact, after the game, Puyol apologised on Twitter after footage was posted online. “Sorry man!! I hope your knee is fine," the Spaniard said. "I didn’t mean to do it.”

Image credit: Stat Sixes/Sky Sports
Image credit: Stat Sixes/Sky Sports

Puyol's teammate, Gaizka Mendieta, reacted to the tackle by saying, "Friendly, who said it was friendly? That's my Puyi!! Come on team!!"

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Puyol is renowned for putting his body on the line. Back in 2020, the World Cup winner was photographed after he ran through glass to get a tennis ball back.

The 44-year-old was playing a match of tennis with a friend when he showed how much of an 'absolute competitor' he was.

The picture showed the retired footballer using a towel to clean up the blood covering his left leg and left arm.

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Featured Image Credit: Sky Sports

Topics: Carles Puyol, Barcelona, Spain, Phil Neville

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