Football's Most Famous Handshakes That Didn't Happen

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Football's Most Famous Handshakes That Didn't Happen
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The weekend saw Chelsea boss Rafael Benitez claim that Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson ignored his handshake attempt prior to their clubs’ FA Cup quarter-final clash.

The pair have had a strained relationship dating back to when Benitez was Liverpool manager. Fact.

The handshake and football have an odd relationship. Football is one of the only sports to actually have a pre-match handshake—the New Zealand rugby team is known to perform a tribal war cry and dance in hope to terrify their opponent so much it affects their performance. Which is quite far away from a polite handshake and a “how do you do?”

So what were the other handshakes that never were that, although they didn't grab a hand, they did grab the headlines?

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