Although footballers often typify the construct of masculinity, there is always a place for passion and sensitivity, a real man should never be afraid to cry. Emotions are natural and often uncontrollable - with their hearts on their sleeves (as well as some snot, no doubt) and their pride in tatters, here are the top five crying footballers.
1) Of course, this is not the first time we have been witness to the tears of John Terry – in fact Wednesday night’s tears were merely homage to the sight of the Chelsea skipper in floods of tears, wandering hopeless in the rain, following his slip and subsequent penalty miss that saw the Blues lose their grip on the Champions League back in the Final as Manchester United were crowned champions of Europe in Moscow back in 2008.
2) However, Terry’s heartbreak pales into insignificance next to Paul Gascoigne’s grizzling back in 1990 as England were knocked out of the World Cup semi-final by West Germany – Gazza received a booking which would have ruled him out of playing in the Final which, of course, the Three Lions never made it to but, alas, at least he showed the world what it meant to him.
3) This 'Why Always Me' tough guy Mario Balotelli didn't hold back as Italy were beaten 4-0 by Spain in the Final of the European Championships.
4) There would be brighter days ahead for Cristiano Ronaldo yet, as the Portuguese international couldn’t hold back as host nation Greece knocked Portugal out in the Final at Euro 2004.
5) Finally, the ponytailed David Seaman surely never saw it coming – well, that was the problem, surely – as Ronaldinho’s wonder goal from a free kick beat the Arsenal keeper nicknamed ‘Safe Hands’ watched the Brazilian’s strike fly past him into the back of the net resigning the Three Lions to another World Cup exit, this time in the quarterfinal.