TURIN, ITALY – MAY 14: Edgar Davids of Juventus holds off a challenge from Zinedine Zidane of Real Madrid during the UEFA Champions League semi final second leg match between Juventus and Real Madrid on May 14, 2003 at the Stadio Delle Alpi in Turin, Italy. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
A Champions League winner in 1999, David’s career was constantly evolving but one thing that almost ended his reign quicker than anticipated is when he went for an eye operation.
MADRID, SPAIN: Real Madrid’s Portugese Luis Figo (R) fights for the ball with FC Barcelona’s Dutch Edgar Davids during the spanish first league football match Real Mardrid against FC Barcelona at Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid 25 April 2004. AFP PHOTO/ CHRISTOPHE SIMON (Photo credit should read CHRISTOPHE SIMON/AFP via Getty Images)
He was unfortunately diagnosed with glaucoma which is a condition that causes a decrease of eye pressure which affects the optic nerve and a person’s vision. The nerve is vital for football players because it sends visual information to the brain.
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – JULY 31: Edgar Davids (L) of Juventus battles for the ball with Phil Neville of Manchester United during a Champions World Series match July 31, 2003 at the Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey (U.S.). (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
However since doctors diagnosed him early he was able to recover. His vision stabilized and his eye was weak which meant if he wanted to return back to football he would have to wear glasses.
ROMA, ITALY: Turin fans hold a banner of Juventus midfielder Dutch Edgar Davids before the Italian first league match AS Roma-Juventus Turin 01 December 2002 at Rome Olympic Stadium. (Photo credit should read GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP via Getty Images)
He turned his handicap into an icon of fashion. He would wear different coloured glasses which enticed fans because he stood out like a rare breed compared to other players.
MILAN, ITALY: F.C. Inter Milan’s Dutch midfielder Edgar Davids jumps with the ball over Palermo’s Argentinian midfielder Mario Alberto Santana during their Serie A football match at San Siro Stadium 18 September 2004. AFP PHOTO/Carlo BARONCINI (Photo credit should read CARLO BARONCINI/AFP via Getty Images)
The talented sensation enjoyed a lucrative career at Juventus but his conflict with his manager caused him to flee and play for Barcelona where the club won 18 matches in his presence and never lost a match.
LONDON – JANUARY 21: Edgar Davids of Tottenham Hotspur adjusts his glasses during the Barclays Premiership match between Tottenham Hotspur and Aston Villa at White Hart Lane on January 21, 2006 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
He was later sold to Tottenham Hotspur because he was apparently ‘too expensive’ and he later returned to his hometown where he played for Ajax Amsterdam.
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