The inner story of Martial’s death that led to the Seville loan
It was Sunday, March 28, 2021, and Manchester United’s Anthony Martial started when France met Kazakhstan in a World Cup qualifier.
The stadium in Nur-Sultan, the capital of Kazakhstan, was empty as the outside world continued to fight the pandemic, which meant that only each nation’s coaching staff and the players on the field had to witness a moment of brilliance thanks to Martial.
Just before the 20 minutes, the attacker picked up the ball on the opponent’s half of the field and pirouette stylishly around a defender with his first touch of the ball before sliding towards goal. Martial then gave Ousmane Dembele a chance to score and the Barcelona striker duly found the back of the net. It was an excellent way to open the scoring and it all started with Martial.
While Martial loves to play for France, his performance for his country was turning into a nightmare. Shortly after the second half had begun, the player went down with visible pain. Martial received treatment, he tried to continue, but he was eventually brought off, and his worst fears were subsequently confirmed. He had sustained a serious knee injury. He was out the rest of the season.
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