The crying game
Paul Radley | June 30, 2013
Major sporting events tend to go down far better with a little bit of tearfulness here and there. Paul Radley recalls some of the most poignant sporting boo-hoos.
Paul Gascoigne – football “Keep your eye on him,” Gary Lineker suggested to England’s bench after their temperamental midfield maestro, Gascoigne, had just ruled himself out of the 1990 World Cup final by getting himself booked for the second time in the tournament. The meltdown followed not long after – and Gazza dined out on his show of emotion for years after.
Andy Murray – tennis Tennis players do a regular turn in tears. Roger Federer has cried buckets after his various grand slam triumphs down the years. Who would have guessed stoic Andy Murray had it in him, though. “I’m going to try this, and it isn’t going to be easy,” was all he could manage after the Wimbledon final last year. Bless.
Michael Schumacher – Formula One Winning a grand prix should be a happy occasion but when Schumacher triumphed in Italy, in 2000, his mood changed when he was told in the news conference he had matched Ayrton Senna’s tally of 41 race wins. The German began sobbing uncontrollably into his hands.
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