Dario Silva, who tragically lost a leg in a car accident, has made an emotional comeback to the football pitch scoring a penalty in a charity match between a Uruguay XI v Argentina XI.
36-year-old Silva was signed for Pompey by Alain Perrin on a free transfer from Sevilla in 2005. Although at the tail end of his career he was a promising signing – he’d scored 14 goals in 49 games for Uruguay, and 107 goals in 326 appearances for various clubs in Uruguay, Italy and Spain.
Unfortunately a combination of injury and playing in the team that Perrin built he suffered from a lack of support and quality around him (frequently paired with the mighty Azar Karadas up front) and only managed to score 3 goals in 15 appearances for the blues.
He was released by Harry Redknapp on his return to the club and moved back to his native Uruguay. A few months later he was involved in a crash where his right leg was crushed and after being put into a medically induced coma a team of surgeon decided to amputate his leg.
Knowing that he would never play football again he turned his attention to other sporting interests and is aiming to compete in the 2012 Olympic games in rowing, asked in a recent interview with Fifa.com what kind of Dario Silva we would see in the future he responded: ‘The same one. I hope I’ll have gone on to win a dozen Olympic gold medals. I’ll still be smiling, friendly and blessed with a sense of humour. That’s how I’ve been all my life and nothing will ever change me.’
I think all Pompey fans look forward to seeing him achieve his aims in 2012.
Written by StooH.
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