Fede Valverde played through the pain for Real Madrid‘s cause to reach the semi finals of the Champions League.
The midfielder’s partner, Mina Bonino, shared images of a video call with him in the hours before kick off at Anfield.
On social media, she posted a screenshot of the call, which showed Valverde‘s foot all swollen up. He completed the full 90 minutes against Liverpool, the majority of which at right-back.
“This was this afternoon,” Bonino wrote under the picture of Valverde‘s foot.
“I didn’t want to put anything up until the game had finished and I’m sure you’ll call me out for posting it after, but I have to do it anyway because it’s your effort and no one gifted you anything.
“Day after day, you’ve been pushing yourself to the limit and today you’ve done it more than ever. We’re proud of you.”