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The crying game

  |  June 30, 2013

Giant men like James Horwill, the Wallabies captain, can indeed cry. Cameron Spencer / Getty Images
Giant men like James Horwill, the Wallabies captain, can indeed cry. Cameron Spencer / Getty Images

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.

James Horwill – rugby union Saturday’s classic between Australia and the British & Irish Lions in Melbourne was enough to make grown men cry. And big, bruising, giant men at that. James Horwill, who faces a disciplinary charge this week for alleged stamping in the first Test, broke down in tears at the final whistle after his Wallabies won 16-15.

John Terry, left, Chelsea's tough-guy captain, was inconsolable after the 2008 Champions League final. Sergey Ponomarev / AP Photo

John Terry – football Chelsea’s tough-guy captain looked a little forlorn when he was bawling after slipping over and missing the crucial penalty in the 2008 Uefa Champions League final. He had his full kit and shin-pads on ready for the trophy presentation. He must have worried he would never get the chance to do that again after a major European final ...

Paul Gascoigne, right, could not believe what happened at the World Cu semi-finals in 1990. Roberto Pfeil / AP Photo

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 showed his softer side after the Australian Open men's singles final. Mark Baker / AP Photo

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 could not hold back tears when he was told he had gone past Ayrton Senna's race win tally. Laszlo Balogh / Reuters

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.