Borussia Dortmund's Marc Bartra Urges World to 'Leave Behind Wars' in Hospital Update After Attack

Jude Summerfield

Borussia Dortmund defender Marc Bartra took to social media on Friday as he called for an end to all wars after being injured during the bomb attack on his team's bus on Tuesday.

Bartra was hit by shrapnel during the attack as the bus left the team hotel for the Champions League match against Monaco and taken to hospital​, and has had surgery on his right hand. 

The former Barcelona centre-back posted an update regarding his wellbeing on Thursday and issued another picture on Instagram on Friday, showing him alongside wife Melissa and one-year-old daughter Gala.

Bartra wrote: "Today, I received in hospital the happiest visit. [Melissa and Gala] are my everything, the reason I fight to overcome obstacles, and this has been the worst of my life, an experience that I would not wish on anyone in the world.

"The pain, panic and uncertainty of not knowing what was happening, nor how long it would take… they were the longest 15 minutes of my life.


"To all this I would like to say, that I think the shock of these days is decreasing all the time, and the will to live increases, to fight, work, and smile; to cry, feel, love, believe, play, train, and continue enjoying with my people, loved beings, friends, my passion, to defend, to smell the grass as I do before I play a match to motivate me.

"To see the stands full of people who love our profession, good people who only want us to make them feel emotions in order to forget the world and above everything in this world in which we live, which is increasingly mad."

Dortmund boss Thomas Tuchel was upset with UEFA after the Champions League first-leg was rescheduled for Wednesday, but Bartra remained keen to look beyond football when talking about the event.

"The only thing I ask, THE ONLY, is that we all live in peace, and we leave behind wars.

"These days, when I see my wrist, swollen and badly injured, I feel pride. I look at it with pride thinking out of all the damage they wished to commit on Tuesday, this is all they managed."


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