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Marc Bartra made an emotional plea for peace after the explosion on the Borussia Dortmund team bus
The Spanish defender described the confusion after the attack as the “longest 15 minutes of my life” in a poignant account of Tuesday’s incident.
He outlined his feelings in an Instagram post alongside a picture of him lying in his hospital bed with his right arm bandaged as he was visited by fiancee Melissa Jimenez and their daughter Gala, two.
The pair, who started dating in 2014, are set to marry in June.
The 26-year-old, who will return to training in four weeks after an operation on his fractured wrist, said referring to Melissa and his child: “Today I have received another of the visits that make me happiest.
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“They are my everything, the reason that I always fight to overcome obstacles, and this has been the worst of my life, an experience I wouldn’t wish on anyone on this world.
The only thing I ask, THE ONLY THING, is that we all live in peace and we leave wars behind
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“The pain, the panic and the uncertainty of not knowing what was happening or how long it would last….they were the longest and hardest 15 minutes of my life.
“I want to tell you that I think the shock of these last few days is lessening all the time and added to this is my desire to live, to fight, to work, to laugh, to cry, to feel, to want, to believe, to play, to train, to continue to enjoy time with my people, my loved ones, my teammates, to continue to enjoy my passion, defending, smelling the grass as I do before the game starts and getting myself motivated.
The footballer described the confusion after the attack as the 'longest 15 minutes of my life'
“I want to see the stands full of people who love our profession, good people who only want us to make them feel things to forget about the world, especially this world in which we live, which is getting crazier all the time.
“The only thing I ask, THE ONLY THING, is that we all live in peace and we leave wars behind.
“In these days in which I look at my wrist, swollen and hurt, do you know what I feel? Pride. I look at it with pride thinking about all the harm they wanted to cause us on Tuesday, and this was the result.
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“Thanks to the doctors, nurses, physios, and people helping me to recover and get my wrist back to perfection.
“Thanks to the thousands and thousands of people, media and other organisations of all sorts, Borussia Dortmund and teammates who have shown me your support and affection.
“However small it’s been, it’s filled me with incredible strength to always carry on.
“I needed to write this and get it off my chest and in doing so, put this all behind me to be able to concentrate 100 per cent on getting better.