It was tough to observe Son Heung-min after the Tottenham ahead noticed the extent of Andre Gomes’s harm in the course of the Premier League conflict in opposition to Everton on Sunday afternoon.
The South Korea worldwide was left horrified after seeing Gomes’s fractured ankle – and he struggled to carry again the tears.
The emotional Son, who was then proven a purple card by referee Martin Atkinson for the problem which inadvertently led to Gomes’s sickening harm, isn’t the primary well-known footballer to cry on the pitch – and he actually received’t be the final.
It goes with out saying that crying on the pitch – or off it, for that matter – is nothing for anyone to be ashamed of.
The overwhelming majority of individuals in Son’s footwear would have reacted in precisely the identical approach.
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There have been a number of examples of footballers crying on the pitch for numerous causes – and listed here are among the most well-known examples…
One of the vital well-known examples of a participant crying on a soccer pitch, Paul Gascoigne started to cry after receiving a yellow card within the 1990 World Cup semi-finals in opposition to West Germany.
This was the second he realised he wouldn’t have the ability to play within the remaining if England acquired there (which, after all, they didn’t).
This was additionally the second the nation fell in love with the person affectionately nicknamed ‘Gazza’.
Many individuals typically really feel sorry for the footballer in query crying – however this wasn’t the case for poor previous John Terry, who acquired emotional after lacking a vital penalty for Chelsea in opposition to Manchester United within the 2008 Champions League remaining.
Terry may have received the cup, however he f***** it up, as Man Utd followers have cruelly reminded him on numerous events over the previous 11 years.
Marc-Vivien Foe tragically handed away after collapsing on the pitch throughout Cameroon’s 2003 Confederations Cup semi-final in opposition to Colombia.
Foe’s premature dying left the entire soccer group completely devastated, together with Thierry Henry, who was seen in tears earlier than the beginning of the opposite semi-final between France and Turkey.
Cristiano Ronaldo was simply 19 years previous in the course of the 2004 European Championships, which Portugal hosted.
And when his workforce misplaced the ultimate in opposition to the unfancied Greece in one of many largest shocks in latest worldwide soccer historical past, the younger Manchester United starlet was left totally crestfallen.
There can’t be many worse emotions as a footballer than letting your nation down in a World Cup match.
It’s harsh accountable David Seaman for England’s exit on the 2002 World Cup, however he’ll at all times be remembered for permitting *that* Ronaldinho free-kick to sail over his head and into the again of the web.
Bayern Munich’s gamers had been left totally shocked and devastated after Manchester United accomplished one of the outstanding comebacks in Champions League historical past on the finish of the 1999 remaining.
Sammy Kuffour was seen punching the bottom in frustration, whereas 6ft 4in striker Carsten Jancker was seen in floods of tears.
Pele cemented his place in soccer folklore by successful the 1958 World Cup with Brazil on the age of 17.
The teenage sensation was photographed crying on the shoulder of Didi as teammates Gilmar and Orlando congratulated him on a shocking efficiency.
After drawing 1-1 in opposition to Switzerland of their opening 2018 World Cup match, Brazil may ill-afford to slide up in opposition to Costa Rica of their second sport.
However after 90 minutes, the scores had been nonetheless stage at 0-0. Brazil had been getting anxious, however objectives from Philippe Coutinho and Neymar sealed all three factors for the Seleção.
All of it acquired a bit a lot for Neymar, who broke down in tears.
Arsenal had been the overwhelming favourites to win the 2011 Carling Cup remaining in opposition to Birmingham Metropolis – however they ended up shedding 2-1 after a calamitous 89th-minute mix-up between Wojciech Szczesny and Laurent Koscielny gifted Obafemi Martins the successful aim.
Wilshere, simply 19 on the time, was denied his first trophy as an Arsenal first-team participant and he struggled to carry again the tears.
In November 2017, Italy did not qualify for the 2018 World Cup finals after shedding to Sweden within the play-offs. This was the primary World Cup the Azzurri had failed to succeed in since 1958.
Gianluigi Buffon, Italy’s legendary goalkeeper, felt it greater than most.
“I’m sorry that my remaining sport coincided with us not qualifying for the World Cup,” he stated after the match/ “I’m not sorry for myself however all of Italian soccer.”
One other Italy worldwide who shed tears on the pitch was Mario Balotelli following his nation’s 4-Zero defeat within the Euro 2012 remaining in opposition to Spain.
The striker, who had scored three objectives in the course of the event, sobbed following the conclusion of the largest match of his profession.
David Beckham introduced the curtain down on his illustrious profession in 2013 – and was given the send-off he deserved by his Paris Saint-Germain teammates.
He was subbed off with simply over 10 minutes remaining in PSG’s match in opposition to Brest, and the whole lot got here to a standstill because the followers and gamers saluted one of many sport’s greats.
Strolling off the pitch for the ultimate time is an emotional second for any footballer – and Beckham’s tears had been a mixture of happiness and unhappiness.
Liverpool knew they’d blown their probabilities of successful the 2013/14 title following their notorious 3-Three draw away at Crystal Palace – the match now known as ‘Crystanbul’.
The Reds surrendered a three-goal lead at Selhurst Park and all of it grew to become an excessive amount of for Luis Suarez, who sobbed together with his shirt over his head as Steven Gerrard tried to get him away from the Sky Sports activities cameras.
Brazil’s 7-1 defeat in opposition to Germany on the 2014 World Cup is without doubt one of the most stunning matches in soccer historical past.
And David Luiz, who was dreadful, was distraught after the ultimate whistle alongside together with his teammates and thousands and thousands of different Brazilians.
Loris Karius turned in one of the disastrous particular person performances in Champions League historical past in the course of the 2018 remaining between Liverpool and Actual Madrid.
The German goalkeeper, who had gifted objectives to Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale, was heartbroken as he stated sorry to the Liverpool supporters in Kiev.
And in the identical remaining, Mohamed Salah left the pitch in tears after his Champions League remaining was prematurely ended following a problem from Sergio Ramos.
The Liverpool striker feared in that second that his dream of enjoying within the World Cup with Egypt was additionally over.
Lionel Messi has suffered heartbreak with Argentina on a number of events however he was inconsolable after the 2016 Copa America remaining.
The Barcelona ahead missed the primary of Argentina’s penalties within the shoot-out as Chile sealed a well-known victory.
It was such a bitter capsule for Messi to swallow that he ended up asserting his retirement from worldwide soccer – earlier than reversing the choice weeks later.
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