In his prime Edgar Davids was a highly gifted player with a fiery temper and excellent technical skills. The Dutchman won’t be remembered for his ability but more so for the futuristic goggles he wore while on the pitch.
A Champions League winner in 1995, Davids was a seriously talented football player. He was constantly evolving, but one thing almost derailed his career. In 1999 Edgar Davids had to finally admit the obvious, he would need to take a break from football for an eye operation. Unfortunately, Davids suffers from glaucoma, a disease caused by an increase in eye pressure which affects the optic nerve and a person’s vision. This nerve is essential for football players because it’s what sends visual information to your brain.
Dutch and Juventus fans worried about his eye condition and wondered would he able to recover his vision and exceptional football skills. Since doctors diagnosed him early, Davids was able to receive excellent treatment. His vision was stabilised but his eyes remained weak. To return to competition there was only one solution, wearing glasses! Davids transformed a challenge into a fashion accessory. Black glasses, orange glasses, yellow glasses, Edgar Davids turned his handicap into an icon of fashion.
Already admired for his warrior mentality, the pit bull became his fans idol. His star shone brighter and brighter with Juventus but then Davids saw his reputation take a turn for the worst. A fight broke out between the player and his coach Marcello Lippi. The Dutchman was forced to leave the team. He was transferred to FC Barcelona where he balanced out the team and allowed Ronaldinho to focus more on attack. In 18 matches Edgar Davids didn’t lose once. His manager at the time Frank Rijkaard was completely under his spell. He wanted to keep him no matter what but Davids was expensive which posed a problem for the directors of FC Barcelona.
He was sold to Tottenham before returning to his home country to Ajax. In addition to a fabulous career, Edgar Davids made an impression on football with his unique handicap, and he’s still today one of the most stylish players the football world has ever seen! For football fans looking to buy Edgar Davids glasses, they are for sale on Ebay!