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14th Apr 2017

Marc Bartra opens up on ‘longest 15 minutes of his life’ in Instagram post on Dortmund bus attack

'...You know what I feel? Pride.'

Simon Lloyd

Marc Bartra has used an Instagram post to open up about last Tuesday’s bomb attack on Borussia Dortmund’s team bus.

The 26-year-old suffered a wrist injury in the incident which saw three explosions go off near the team’s bus as it made its way to Signal Iduna Park ahead of the Champions League game against Monaco.

After a brief update on his Instagram on Wednesday, Bartra posted again on Friday morning following a visit from his family. This time, he spoke more in depth about the incident:

‘The pain, the fear, not knowing what was happening or how long it would last… It was the longest 15 minutes of my life,’ he wrote.

‘I want to say that the shock is wearing off every day and is replaced by the will to live, to fight, to work, to laugh, to cry, to feel, to love, to believe, to play, to train, to enjoy my people, my loved ones, team-mates, my passion, to defend, to smell the grass before a game, like I usually do to motivate me before a game. To see the stands filled with people who love this sport, good people who only want us to feel the emotion of football to forget about the world, especially the world we live in which is crazier than ever.

‘The only thing I ask, THE ONLY THING, is that we ALL live in peace and leave wars behind.’

On his injured wrist, he said:

‘These days when I look at my wrist, swollen and badly wounded, you know what I feel? Pride. I look at it proudly, thinking that all the damage they wanted to do to us on Tuesday stayed in this.’

Having thanked the hospital staff and well-wishers, Bartra signs off by promising to return to a football field as soon as possible.