Protective masks and other gear are in fashion on the football pitch. Particularly among those playing for Chelsea it seems. Here’s a look at some famous masked men at Stamford Bridge.
Fernando Torres – The Spaniard is not without his critics at Stamford Bridge, but few claim he doesn’t put in 100% every game. He suffered a broken nose against Steaua Bucharest in March and has been wearing his mask ever since. Despite this however, his goals have continued to come, and against Basel in another European game, his was a particularly important one, helping Chelsea to another European final. Here’s a clip of him rocking the mask.
Demba Ba – Ba answered Chelsea’s SOS call when it came to goals in the January transfer window. While it would be stretching the truth to call his efforts heroic rather than solid, he was resembling Batman at one point in February. After breaking his nose on his return to Newcastle’s St James’ Park, he made a swift return to action with the help of a black mask. Here’s a clip of his impressive face piece away at Man City.
John Terry – While I found no suitable footage of him actually wearing the mask, here is one of the incidents that led to him donning one in the first place. He seems to be knocked unconscious by Abou Diaby’s boot to the face during the 2007 League Cup final against Arsenal. Chelsea went on to win 2-1.
Peter Cech – Cech’s is one of the more serious incidents ever to be seen on a football pitch. In the first minute of a routine 1-0 win for Chelsea at Reading, defender Stephen Hunt collided with the then 24-year-old keeper, leaving the keeper with a depressed fracture of the skull. Described as ‘lucky to be alive’ by then boss Jose Mourinho, Cech’s mask is now a must, due to his weaker than normal bone structure.