Young Budućnost Podgorica forward Milivoje Raičević was at a loss after tearing his cruciate ligaments in August, unable to afford the surgery. Then his phone rang ...
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When Milivoje Raičević tore his cruciate ligaments in August he was at a loss.
The injury was bad enough, the stuff of nightmares for any sportsperson. But then there was the question of how exactly the 22-year-old would get the medical care he needed: his club, Budućnost Podgorica, could not afford it.
Then the phone rang … it was another Montenegrin forward, Internazionale's Stevan Jovetić.
"When he heard what had happened and discovered that my club doesn't have enough money to send me to Augsburg following a misdiagnosis in Montenegro, Jovetić called me and offered his help," explains Raičević.
"He arranged for me to meet a doctor who helped him when he had the same injury [in 2010]. Jovetić covered all examination costs and also paid for surgery, which I had a few days ago in Serbia."
It is a heart-warming story, all the more so because until that initial phone call, Jovetić had never spoken to Raičević in his life. No links. Raičević plays for Budućnost; Jovetić, currently on loan from Manchester City, started out at arch-rivals Mladost.
"All I can do is say many, many thanks and promise to Stevan that I will be back next season, scoring goals for him," says Raičević.