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Steven Gerrard and the 5 Greatest Crying Footballer Moments

Ryan BaileyFeatured ColumnistApril 14, 2014

Steven Gerrard and the 5 Greatest Crying Footballer Moments

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    In the aftermath of Liverpool's epic 3-2 win over title rivals Manchester City on Sunday, the momentousness of the occasion was a little too much for Steven Gerrard.

    The Reds captain choked back tears as he delivered a rousing speech to his players on the field shortly before putting Sky Sports' Geoff Shreeves firmly in his place

    Stevie G would probably have vehemently denied turning on the water works if Shreeves had asked him, but the Liverpool legend's actions inspires our top five classic crying footballer moments. 

Paul Gascoigne at the 1990 World Cup

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    Paul Gascoigne almost didn't make England's squad for the 1990 World Cup, but he became the Three Lions' star player thanks to his headline-grabbing performances.

    During the famous semi-final with Germany in Turin, Gazza was booked for a foul on Thomas Berthold. This punishment would have kept him out of the World Cup final, as he had already picked up a booking in the round of 16 bout with Belgium. 

    The prospect of watching England play the biggest game in the world from the sidelines was too much for the Geordie Clown Prince, who proceeded to cry. When Stuart Pearce and Chris Waddle missed their spot kicks in the subsequent shootout, half the nation joined him in shedding a tear.

John Terry at the 2008 Champions League Final

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    John Terry may fancy himself as a no-nonsense alpha male, but when the chips don't fall in his favour, he is partial to a little cry.

    The Chelsea defender's most famous blubbering occurred at the 2008 Champions League final, when he slipped on the slick grass of Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium and failed to convert his spot kick in the shootout. 

    The penalty would have won the Champions League for the Blues, so when Nicolas Anelka missed his subsequent kick, JT was understandably distraught.

    Anelka wasn't quite so upset with his failure, choosing to blame manager Avram Grant for it.

William Gallas at St. Andrews in 2008

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    Arsenal's ill-fated trip to St. Andrews in February 2008 ended in a 2-2 draw, with Birmingham earning a point through a controversial late penalty. That day also saw Eduardo da Silva pick up a horrendous injury

    Gunners captain William Gallas might have been expected to be a role model after the defeat, offering words of support to his teammates. Instead, the Frenchman kicked an advertising board and sat on the pitch on his own, sniffling like a kid in the playground who didn't get his own way. 

    Billy G also cried his little eyes out after Chelsea's 2005 Champions League semi-final loss to Liverpool.

Cristiano Ronaldo at the Euro 2004 Final

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    Thanks to his delicate combination of ego and ambition, Cristiano Ronaldo has a long and storied history of crying when his plans are scuppered. 

    One of the Portuguese megastar's most famous moments of bawling like a baby whose toys have been thrown too far from the pram was the Euro 2004 final.

    When Portugal somehow lost the final of the European Championships on home soil to Greece, C-Ron couldn't help but let his tear ducts convey his feelings.

    Earlier this year, Ronaldo famously cried tears of joy when he prised the Ballon d'Or trophy from Leo Messi's tenacious grip.

Carsten Jancker at the 1999 Champions League Final

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    Carsten Jancker was 6'4", tough as old boots and just about the last person you'd want to meet in a dark alley.

    One would imagine that the man known as the "German Tank" gave up crying when he gave up nappies, but the lumbering striker was utterly inconsolable when Manchester United stole the European Cup from underneath Bayern Munich's noses in 1999. 

    The site of Jancker balled on the ground openly weeping is as iconic as anything else that happened on that insane evening at the Nou Camp. 

     

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