Alvaro Dominguez levels heavy accusations against Borussia Mönchengladbach

It’s been three years since former Atletico Madrid and Borussia Mönchengladbach defender Alvaro Dominguez was forced to end his career at the age of 27. Ever since he hung up his boots in December 2016, the Spaniard has been through a lot of pain and suffering. It took five operations on his spine, to remove the pain that the former Foal was suffering from.

In an Instagram post the now 30 year old explained his decision from December 2016. Dominguez wrote that his reason to step aside back in 2016 was “in order to be able to play again, or to simply be able to walk and travel without being exhausted”.

“Gladbach weren’t worried”

The defender, who underwent spinal surgery in Munich in 2015, in Madrid in 2016, twice in Guipozkoa in 2018 and again in Madrid in 2019, hadn’t an awful lot of positive things to say about his former club Borussia Mönchengladbach. Dominguez stated on Instagram:

“They weren’t worried at any given moment. They didn’t try to find solutions… Not the medical department that you would expect from a top level club.”

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In an interview with the Spanish sports daily Marca Dominguez went even further, saying:

“Nobody lifted a finger to help me. At Borussia there wasn’t any respect, no humanity.”

Since his time at Gladbach, Dominguez hasn’t heard anything from the club according to himself. He has been through a lot of pain and suffering and all sorts of different treatments, stating that several physicians weren’t able to help him whatsoever.

“You were right, it was really bad”, were the words of the surgeons who were finally able to treat him.

 

Se dette innlegget på Instagram

 

Hola amig@s, Quería compartir con vosotros un tema personal que muy pocas personas saben. A Día de hoy y después de 5 operaciones de columna, puedo decir que he recuperado mi vida y salud. En Diciembre de 2016 decidí retirarme y salirme de la burbuja, para así poder curarme en silencio sin prisas ni presión, quizá para volver a jugar, o quizá, simplemente poder volver a dar un paseo o hacer un viaje sin que fuese un gran esfuerzo. Han sido años difíciles conviviendo con un dolor que desespera, frustra y te amarga la vida, aun así para mi solo había un camino y era el de curarme. Son muchos los doctores que me han cerrado las puertas a ayuda por inseguridades y otros muchos porque no se creían mis quejas. Especial mención al Borussia Mönchengladbach que en ningún momento se ha preocupado o ha tratado de buscar soluciones. Llevo desde entonces sin tener noticias de ellos (así puede ser el fútbol a veces…) Probé todos los tratamientos que existen por todo el mundo, aprendí a convivir y saber de dónde procedían esos dolores, y así pude convencer 4 veces (después de la primera) a diferentes doctores para entrar a quirófano y se guiasen por lo que yo les podía indicar. En la sala de reanimación todos me daban la misma noticia : “pues tenías Razón. Estaba bastante mal… “ Todo esto no ha sido fácil mientras construía mi nueva vida después del fútbol, pero aquí estamos y hemos venido a luchar 😅💪🏾 Simplemente quería compartir esto para transmitiros la certeza de que cuando paséis por momentos difíciles, da igual el tiempo que dure, con sacrificio e ilusión podéis conseguir lo que os propongáis. Ahora solo me queda disfrutar, valorar todo este trabajo de los últimos 5 años donde empezó todo, y sobre todo darle las gracias a tod@s esas personas que han estado cerca de mi, sabiendo de mis problemas o sin saber, y me han regalado todo su apoyo junto a los valientes doctores que han creído en mi y se han comido el marrón 😊🙏🏼 Op1: 24/10/2015 – Munich Op2: 27/08/2016 – Madrid Op3: 6/03/2018 – Guipuzkoa Op4: 19/08/2018 – Guipuzkoa Op5: 5/05/2019 – Madrid “Never a Victim, Forever a Fighter” Alvaro Dominguez

Et innlegg delt av Alvaro Dominguez Soto (@a.dominguez18)

Max Eberl rebukes

Borussia Mönchegladbach showed little understanding for Dominguez’s point of view when questioned by Sport1. Max Eberl told the German sports portal:

“We understand, of course, his emotions after such a heavy weighing decision. However, I can only state that our medical team did everything humanly possible to help him.”

Summing up his experiences after his injury woes, Dominguez simply stated “that’s the way football can be sometimes”. The Spaniard featured in 81 Bundesliga matches and 6 DFB Pokal matches for Borussia Mönchegladbach. Dominguez contributed 3 goals and 4 assists to his side during his 3 and a half years at BorussiaPark.

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Niklas Wildhagen

Niklas is a 33-year-old football writer and podcaster who has been following the Bundesliga and German football since the early 90s. You can follow him on Twitter, @normusings, and listen to his opinions on @TalkingFussball.

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