Gareth Bale's Victim and 10 More Crying Footballers

Ryan BaileyFeatured ColumnistNovember 4, 2013

Gareth Bale's Victim and 10 More Crying Footballers

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    If Gareth Bale's form had failed to improve, Real Madrid President Florentino Perez might have been close to tears for spending €100 million on the Welshman.

    Instead, the former Spurs star has been making his opponents cry out of sheer frustration. In the second half of Madrid's victory over Rayo Vallecano on Saturday, defender Anaitz Arbilla was substituted off after Bale continually ran rings around him. He then put a coat on his head and had a little cry.

    Inspired by Bale's tear-inducing performances, here's 10 more crying footballers...

Paul Gascoigne

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    Paul Gascoigne was England's undisputed star of the 1990 World Cup, and he endeared himself to the nation when the waterworks came on during the semi-final tie with West Germany.

    Gazza was booked for a foul on Thomas Berthold, which was enough to keep him out of the final thanks to a yellow he had received earlier in the tournament.

    The thought of being on the sidelines in the biggest game in the world proved too much for the Geordie hero, who started to cry. Plenty of his countrymen joined him after the penalty shootout. 

John Terry

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    An alpha LAD he may be, but John Terry has been known to shed a tear on the field when things don't go his way.

    The Chelsea defender's most famous incident of blubbering came on the field at the 2008 Champions League final in Moscow. After missing a penalty in the shootout that would have won the European Cup, Terry was pretty shell shocked.

    When the Blues were eventually beaten 6-5 in the shootout with Manchester United, the captain's disappointment at letting his team down was communicated via his tear ducts. 

William Gallas

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    Arsenal's visit to St Andrews to face Birmingham in February 2008 wasn't particularly successful. They earned a 2-2 draw, but the game was mired by a horrific injury to Eduardo da Silva and the petulance of William Gallas. 

    The French centre-back was so furious with a late penalty being awarded to the Midlands side that he kicked an advertising board and sat on the pitch alone at full time, fighting back frustrated sniffles. It wasn't a good look for a captain. 

    Gallas also cried in a Chelsea shirt after their 2005 Champions League semi-final loss to Liverpool. 

Cristiano Ronaldo

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    Cristiano Ronaldo has cried on the field dozens of times, but the most famous incident was surely at Euro 2004. 

    When Portugal somehow lost the final of their home tournament to Greece—the second time they had been defeated by them at the tournament—the crushing blow of an unexpected defeat led to some fairly unapologetic blubbering from C-Ron. 

Pele

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    When Brazil lost the 1950 World Cup final on home soil to Uruguay, nine-year-old Pele saw his father crying. "Don't worry. One day I'll win it," he said to comfort his old man. 

    Eight years later, Pele did exactly that, becoming the youngest player ever to represent his country at a World Cup finals. 

    When Brazil beat Sweden in the final, he cried with joy on the shoulders of teammates Didi and Gilmar. 

Carsten Jancker

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    One wouldn't think that a man known as "The German Tank" could be fazed by anything on the field, but Carsten Jancker collapsed into a pool of his own tears when Manchester United robbed Bayern Munich of near-certain victory in the dying minutes of the 1999 Champions League final.  

    It's not often that you see a 6'4" shaven-headed target man break down like this. 

David Seaman

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    As England's number one for 14 years, one would have expected David Seaman to be well accustomed with disappointment by the 2002 World Cup.

    However, when Big Dave was caught off his line by Ronaldinho in the Three Lions' 2-1 quarterfinal loss to Brazil, the poor chap was absolutely beside himself.

     

Francesco Totti

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    Francesco Totti has won a Scudetto, a World Cup, numerous Italian Footballer of the Year awards and he will still be playing for Roma when Brooklyn Beckham is thinking about retiring.

    On the face of it, the Roman legend doesn't have an awful lot to cry about, but he felt the pain of tears stinging his eyes when Italy narrowly lost out to France in extra time in the Euro 2000 final.  

David Beckham

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    On 18 May 2013, 21 years after he made his first-team debut for Manchester United, David Beckham played his final professional game.

    In the 80th minute of Paris Saint-Germain's Ligue 1 tie with Brest, the global superstar was substituted so that he would receive his own standing ovation. The warmth of the response and the momentousness of the occasion left Becks in floods of tears.

    The precocious midfielder also showed he wasn't made of stone in 2006, when he revealed in a press conference that he was standing down as England captain. 

Diego Maradona

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    With euphoric highs and self-destructive lows littering his career, it's little surprise that Diego Maradona has shed a tear or two in his time.

    Paul Gascoigne was never given the opportunity to cry at the 1990 World Cup Final, but Diego Maradona blubbed when West Germany lifted the trophy following a controversial penalty decision. "I cried on the ground after the game because of the unfairness of it all, not because we lost," he is quoted as saying by the BBC

    Saint Diego also cried at his Boca Juniors farewell and the 2010 World Cup