Antonio Rudiger has reassured fans that he is fine after images of the defender covered in blood surfaced after he scored for Real Madrid.
Rudiger’s injury-time equalizer ensured Real Madrid maintained their undefeated run by getting a point over Shakhtar Donetsk.
However, the goal had consequences because the German defender cut himself and blood soaked his jersey, resulting in some upsetting scenes.
Rudiger assured followers he was fine in a tweet by writing: “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. I am okay – thanks for all your messages.”
Additionally, he posted an Instagram story with the caption “We alive” and a photo of his bandaged face and eye.
The defender joined Real Madrid this summer as a free agency and has since displayed great play.
He has now scored twice for Los Blancos, contributing to their perfect start to the season while only drawing twice.
German professional footballer Antonio Rüdiger (born 3 March 1993) plays center defender for Real Madrid of La Liga and the Germany national team.
At VfB Stuttgart, Rüdiger started his career by playing for both the first team and the reserves in the Bundesliga and 3. Liga. He joined Roma in 2015, first on loan and then for a €9 million fee a year later.
He was acquired by Chelsea in 2017 for an estimated £27 million, where he won the FA Cup in his debut season before going on to win the UEFA Europa League, UEFA Champions League, and UEFA Super Cup in the following three seasons.
In May 2014, he made his debut for Germany abroad. Due to an injury sustained earlier in the season, he was forced to miss the UEFA Euro 2016 but was a member of the team that won the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup.
He preserved his place in the team for the 2018 World Cup, and he later participated in the UEFA Euro 2020 tournament.
What Happened to Rudiger?
Even though Real Madrid was limited to a 1-1 draw against Shakhtar Donetsk in Poland, Antonio Rudiger put his body on the line to score a last-minute goal that sent Real Madrid into the knockout stages of the Champions League.
Oleksandr Zubrov’s unexpected goal in the 46th minute gave the hosts the advantage, but Rudiger came through in the last seconds to get a point for Carlo Ancelotti’s team.
Rudiger collided with Shakhtar goalie Anatolii Trubin, leaving him with a horrifying gash and blood pouring from his face.
In the waning seconds of the match, the defender grabbed Toni Kroos’ cross to secure a 1-1 draw.
Real Madrid medical personnel responded quickly to the event and patched up Rudiger’s wound.
Rudiger updated his fans on the injury on social media following the game and posted that what doesn’t kill you just makes you stronger.
With a tie at Leipzig on October 25, Ancelotti’s team would clinch first place. On November 2, they will play Celtic, who may still make the Europa League after not qualifying for next round.
Based on the fact that Rudiger has since returned to training, the former Chelsea defender is most likely to play against FC Barcelona on Sunday.