Brazil's dream of winning the World Cup was kept alive by a 2-1 victory over Colombia in the quarter-finals, and it was all too much for James Rodriguez to bear.
The Colombian, whose goal took him to six from his five games in the tournament, broke into tears as his side were eliminated.
David Luiz, who scored the winning goal from a free kick, was on hand to console him.
After the game, James told reporters what Luiz had said. Football Italia quotes him as saying:
He told me I was a good player.
The truth is that having so many superstars hugging me did make me happy. We have to raise our heads now and thank Colombia for their support.
We are sad because we wanted to keep going and set new records. We gave everything to reach the semi-final, but we have to be proud because we played a great side.
Another quote was reported by Tom Conn:
James Rodriguez: "I'm crying because we gave everything we had inside of us. The referee didn't help us. Men cry too."— Tom Conn (@TomConnISF) July 4, 2014
James is currently leading the race for the World Cup Golden Boot after a string of superb performances.