Stratos Perperoglou Crvena Zvezda
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Three-time EuroLeague champion, Stratos Perperoglou, talked about the health issue he faced in 2011 and almost forced him to retire.

Here is what the forward of Crvena Zvezda told the official website of the EuroLeague:

“I was sitting on the plane and I didn’t get up for the whole flight, and when I landed I started feeling some pain in my right leg area. It was right away after I got out of my seat.

Thankfully, the following day we had the physicals with the national team and I asked the doctor to check my calf.

We did an MRI and it didn’t show anything, so the doctor said ‘Why don’t we check the veins? Just in case. So we did that, and the doctor was like, ‘Don’t even move! Your vein is all clogged and it’s a serious condition.

Honestly, I didn’t know if I was going to play again. I heard stories about other players who had what I had, and it can be career-threatening.

Many times we take things for granted in life. I took my career for granted. I thought I would play forever.”