An ex-football player was injured in a pool diving accident. The freak accident will require him to undergo surgery this mid-August, and unfortunately, his ‘ball’ will not make it.
Thorsten Legat – television personality and former midfielder for the German Bundesliga – said his testicles grew almost the size of a balloon during a diving training rehearsal for a local reality television show. He dove from a three-meter platform on his second training day for the reality show “RTL Turmsprung” in Cologne, Germany.
“I had forgotten to put my legs together while I was diving. There was a loud boom when I reached the water, and the pain came“, he said. The 53-year-old added that the continuous training made him forget to lose track of his legs’ posture and he kept practising several more jumps.
Thorsten only became aware of his injury on his way home from the training. “I thought I was growing another scrotum,” he remarked. He underwent a urological examination which revealed a testicular tear, a haematoma, and a bladder infection followed by the injured testicle. “I thought the world was falling on me,” he lamented.
The doctor has assured the father-of-two that his other testicle will be in good condition after the surgery, and he could still have children in the future if he decides to. “I’m getting an implant in there. I got educated. It’s like a breast implant,” he joked. He has also been married to his wife, Alexandra Legat, since 1996.
During his 15-year career as a professional football athlete, the ex-footballer played 243 games and scored 15 goals in the Bundesliga. He has won the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup, the Bundesliga, and three DFB-Pokals, and made his last professional appearance in 2001.
Anis Sharina contributed to this article.