Javier Mascherano Tears Anus While Stopping Arjen Robben, He Says

07/10/2014 04:46 EDT | Updated 07/11/2014 07:59 EDT

If the World Cup has given us anything, it's undeniable proof that soccer players aren't the wimps that critics would like to believe they are.

Case in point: Argentina's Javier Mascherano.

Not only did the defensive midfielder possibly sustain a concussion in Wednesday's semifinal, he told a news conference that he tore his anus while stopping an attempt by Dutch player Arjen Robben, according to Yahoo! Sports.

Italian journalist Tancredi Palmeri tweeted the midfielder's words:

While we know that many players dive, we're astonished at the toughness we've seen out of some players at this tournament.

Mascherano's teammate Ezequiel Garay, for example, took a boot to the head earlier in the game and kept on playing.

And in the group stage, the U.S.A.'s Clint Dempsey took a shin to the face against Ghana, apparently breaking his nose. He, too, stayed in the game.

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