Matador who lost an eye after being gored in his face is tossed in the air then trampled by 1,400lb bull in Spain

  • Juan Jose Padilla picked up by huge bull before being dashed to the ground at Las Ventas bullring in Madrid, Spain
  • Pictures show the 1,400lb animal charging at the 43-year-old, dubbed 'The Pirate' because of the patch he wears
  • Incident came five years after a bull's horn came out through his eye after he was gored in a bullfight in Zaragoza

This is the moment a matador was tossed in the air and trampled during a bullfight - five years after he lost an eye when he was gored by another beast.

One-eyed matador Juan Jose Padilla was picked up by the charging bull before being dashed to the ground at Las Ventas bullring in Madrid, Spain.

Dramatic pictures show the 43-year-old, dubbed 'The Pirate' because of the patch he wears, taunting the 1,400lb animal before it rams into his chest.

Pictures captured the moment a matador was tossed in the air and trampled during a bullfight - five years after he lost an eye when he was gored by another beast

Pictures captured the moment a matador was tossed in the air and trampled during a bullfight - five years after he lost an eye when he was gored by another beast

One-eyed matador Juan Jose Padilla was picked up by the charging bull before being dashed to the ground at Las Ventas bullring in Madrid, Spain

One-eyed matador Juan Jose Padilla was picked up by the charging bull before being dashed to the ground at Las Ventas bullring in Madrid, Spain

Dramatic pictures show the 43-year-old, dubbed 'The Pirate' because of the patch he wears, taunting the 1,400lb animal before it rams into his chest

Dramatic pictures show the 43-year-old, dubbed 'The Pirate' because of the patch he wears, taunting the 1,400lb animal before it rams into his chest

Moments later, Padilla somersaulted in the air before the bull tried to gore the back of his legs with its horns as the shocked audience watched on.

Incredibly, the matador escaped the terrifying ordeal with only minor injuries though blood was seen on his face.

The incident came five years after he suffered horrific injuries in a fight in Zaragoza when a bull's horn pierced his jaw and it came out through his eye.

At the time, the matador, who is known professionally as the Cyclone of Jerez, was heard screaming 'I can't see' as he was helped from the arena. 

Padilla somersaulted in the air before the bull tried to gore the back of his legs with its horns as the shocked audience watched on

Padilla somersaulted in the air before the bull tried to gore the back of his legs with its horns as the shocked audience watched on

Great escape: Incredibly, the matador walked away from the terrifying ordeal with only minor injuries - though blood was seen on his face

Great escape: Incredibly, the matador walked away from the terrifying ordeal with only minor injuries - though blood was seen on his face

Counter-attack: The matador, Juan Jose Padilla, was easily picked up and thrown to the ground at Las Ventas bullring in Madrid, Spain

Counter-attack: The matador, Juan Jose Padilla, was easily picked up and thrown to the ground at Las Ventas bullring in Madrid, Spain

In trouble: The audience looked on in horror as Juan Jose Padilla was picked up and dashed down on to the sand during the encounter

In trouble: The audience looked on in horror as Juan Jose Padilla was picked up and dashed down on to the sand during the encounter

Trampled: The bull, already tormented by two barbed sticks wedged in its flank, wasted no time as it went on the offensive

Trampled: The bull, already tormented by two barbed sticks wedged in its flank, wasted no time as it went on the offensive

Gruesome: The bull swung its horns at the one-eyed matador as he lay helpless on the ground. Others had to step in and rescue him from the angry bull

Gruesome: The bull swung its horns at the one-eyed matador as he lay helpless on the ground. Others had to step in and rescue him from the angry bull

The crowds at the Fiestas Del Pilar bullfight at the Misericordia ring were left stunned after the bull attacked when he slipped in the sand.

He later underwent a life-saving five-hour operation to repair severe damage to his eye, bone, muscle and skin - his face reconstructed with titanium plates and mesh.

It was not the first time Padilla, a popular matador who has won many fans for his courage and willingness to face the toughest bulls, had been gored.

With blood running down its side, the bull is distracted away from the helpless bullfighter who lies on the ground

With blood running down its side, the bull is distracted away from the helpless bullfighter who lies on the ground

Defeated: Juan Jose Padilla was helped to his feet by colleagues after the bull got its own back on the matador

Defeated: Juan Jose Padilla was helped to his feet by colleagues after the bull got its own back on the matador

The incident came five years after he suffered horrific injuries in a fight in Zaragoza when a bull's horn pierced his jaw and it came out through his eye

The incident came five years after he suffered horrific injuries in a fight in Zaragoza when a bull's horn pierced his jaw and it came out through his eye

Olé! Drenched in its own blood, a bull is taunted by one-eyed matador Juan Jose Padilla to the delight of the audience

Olé! Drenched in its own blood, a bull is taunted by one-eyed matador Juan Jose Padilla to the delight of the audience

Blood thirsty: In 2001 the Jerez native suffered serious injuries to his neck during another fight in Pamplona, Spain

Blood thirsty: In 2001 the Jerez native suffered serious injuries to his neck during another fight in Pamplona, Spain

Showing off: Padilla taunts another heavily bleeding bull as he performs at Las Ventas bullring in Madrid, Spain

Showing off: Padilla taunts another heavily bleeding bull as he performs at Las Ventas bullring in Madrid, Spain

In 2001 the Jerez native suffered serious injuries to his neck during a fight in Pamplona.

The incident involving Padilla in Madrid yesterday was not the first time a matador had been caught out this year.

Last month, Spanish matador Julian Lopez, 33, was gored in the buttocks during a fight in Seville, Spain.

The bull pierced the matador, known as El Juli, with its right horn, forcing him to the ground in La Maestranza bullring. 

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