The one-time Juventus and Fiorentina forward was the hero of the hour in Bulgaria
Valeri Bojinov made only made eleven appearances during an injury-hit spell with Manchester City but this week he showed that while he may not be an Eastland’s hero, he’s certainly a hero in real life, after saving a Sofia man’s life.
The 27-year-old, who previously enjoyed spells with Juventus, Fiorentina and Sporting Lisbon, is currently without a club but could find himself inundated with offers after his latest deed.
Shopping with his family in the VitoshaPark mall in the Bulgarian capital of Sofia, the forward sprang into action after a fellow shopper suffered a fit.
Seen as one of the most exciting young talents in world football back in the day, Bojinov was in his element once again, performing first aid on the man, who had been choking on his own tongue.
The former Parma man’s efforts were even witnessed by sports journalist Krum Savov who recounted events in an interview with Eurosport.
"The man was on the ground and was no longer breathing. His eyes rolled back and then suddenly Valeri ran to the scene and turned him on his side,” he said.
"The poor man was suffocating and Valeri tried to pull out his tongue – he was bitten more than once.”
Despite the admirable efforts of Bojinov, the player’s injury curse evidently continues to dog him, with his attempts to clear the man’s airways resulting in a damaged finger.
While at City, Bojinov incurred a knee ligament injury just weeks after signing for the club in August 2007, resulting in a six-month layoff from the first team.
He then returned to first-team action almost a year to the day since his first injury, only to suffer a serious Achilles injury while warming up for the Citizens.
These injuries ultimately disrupted his chances at Manchester City, but after his latest efforts, let’s hope this unlucky pro makes a welcome return to the professional game.
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