1. Vincent Kompany
After Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany (above and below) played for an hour with a broken nose, concussion and a cracked eye socket in Belgium's 2-0 World Cup qualifying win over Serbia on Friday, we take a look at a few other figures who proved to be real 'hard men' with their bravery in the line of duty.
2. Stuart Pearce
3. Bert Trautmann
The former German paratrooper suffered a broken neck representing Manchester City in the 1956 FA Cup final against Birmingham City. And played on. And recovered from his ordeal. He helped his side complete a 3-1 win with a crooked neck and only found out three days later that he made a number of saves with a broken neck.
4. Terry Butcher
Bloodied but unbowed, captain Terry Butcher helped England qualify for the 1990 World Cup finals in Italy with a typically committed performance after a 0-0 draw in Sweden. A gashed forehead was always unlikely to deter Butcher.
5. John Brown
'Bomber' was as hard as nails at the heart of the Rangers defence in the early 1990s. Rangers may never have equalled Celtic's record of nine straight Scottish titles if Bomber had not played through the pain barrier on the final day of the 1990/91 season. Rangers needed to beat Aberdeen to claim the title, and duly managed a 2-0 win. Dundee manager Brown only found out he had snapped his Achilles tendon afterwards.
6. Ray Wood
The Manchester United goalkeeper Wood was walloped by Aston Villa forward Peter McParland early on during the 1957 FA Cup final. Wood was left unconscious and grounded with a broken jaw. Jackie Blanchflower was forced to take over in goal with Wood forced to play as an outfield player. Despite his discomfort, Wood returned to play the final seven minutes between the sticks. United lost 2-1, but Wood is recalled for his bravery.
7. Paul Gascoigne
Gazza was one of the first figures to be found wearing a protective mask after fracturing a cheekbone. His desire to play for Lazio could never be questioned.