In 1995, Edgar Davids suffered a severe head injury which consequently affected his vision. In 1999, he underwent a surgery in his right eye for glaucoma, after which he started wearing protective goggles.
A defensive midfielder, he was nicknamed “The Pitbull” by his manager Louis van Gaal because of his marking ability, aggression, and hard tackling style of play.
Davids played for various clubs across Europe, most notably Ajax where he won three consecutive league titles and one UCL title, and Juventus where he won three league titles.
Internationally, he made 74 appearances for the Dutch national team. He was a part of the 1998 World Cup squad that finished 4th and he was named in the tournament’s all-star team.
He was also a part of the Euro 2000 squad that reached the semi-finals and he was also included in the Team of the Tournament.