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Saúl Ñíguez: ‘I was tired of it all and I said: Doc, just take the kidney out’

Saul Niguez (L) of Atletico de Madrid competes for the ball with Alejandro Mula (R) of Malaga CF during the La Liga match between Club Atletico Madrid and Malaga CF at Estadio Wanda...

“Doc, just take it out. I’ve got another one.” Saúl Ñíguez had made up his mind. He had had enough. He had spent months in pain and discomfort, urinating blood, his kidney was not working properly, there was no end in sight, no guarantees, and all he wanted to do was all he had ever wanted to do: play football. If that meant removing a kidney, then that is what he was going to do.

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Saul Niguez (L) of Atletico de Madrid competes for the ball with Alejandro Mula (R) of Malaga CF during the La Liga match between Club Atletico Madrid and Malaga CF at Estadio Wanda...

Saúl Ñíguez: ‘I was tired of it all and I said: Doc, just take the kidney out’

“Doc, just take it out. I’ve got another one.” Saúl Ñíguez had made up his mind. He had had enough. He had spent months in pain and discomfort, urinating blood, his kidney was not working properly, there was no end in sight, no guarantees, and all he wanted to do was all he had ever wanted to do: play football. If that meant removing a kidney, then that is what he was going to do.