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Manchester United’s defender, Raphaël Varane, has shared insights into the repercussions of experiencing multiple concussions throughout his career.

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The 30-year-old expressed that these concussions have “taken a toll on his body.” Speaking with L’Equipe, Varane disclosed that he persisted through numerous matches for both club and country while grappling with the aftermath of head injuries.

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The former French international, who retired from international football in February 2023, recounted getting concussed during a 2014 World Cup round-of-16 encounter against Nigeria. Varane admitted to completing the match almost on “autopilot,” acknowledging uncertainty about his ability to respond if spoken to at the time.

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He further revealed playing with symptoms of head injuries for Real Madrid during a Champions League match against Manchester City in the COVID-19-affected 2019-20 season. Varane recalled leaving the field in a LaLiga game against Getafe five days prior, feeling “intensely tired” between matches. Initially attributing it to typical end-of-season fatigue, he reached the warm-up of the European game and felt so fatigued that he “almost wanted to slap himself.”

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