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10 Of The Most Memorable Crying Athletes

10 Of The Most Memorable Crying Athletes

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard broke down in tears as Brendan Rodgers‘ side defeated Manchester City 3-2 at Anfield on Sunday.

The result came just two days before the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster, which claimed the lives of 96 Liverpool fans.

It was an understandably emotional day for Gerrard, and while it reminded us all of the importance of remembering the 96, it also showed us that even the greatest sportsmen in the world aren’t all made of stone.

Here is our rundown of the top 10 most memorable crying athletes in the world of sport:

1. Andy Murray, Wimbledon 2012

Murray finally got the monkey of winning Wimbledon off his back in 2013, but before we all went Murray-mad, the Scot had to suffer his fair share of torment and close calls.

None was more touching than when Murray lost the Wimbledon final to Rodger Federer in 2012.


2. Bubba Watson, The Masters 2014

Bubba is an emotional guy, something that’s pretty clear every time he adds to his impressive trophy haul.

But this year’s Masters had a real tearjerker moment, when Bubba’s 2 year-old son Caleb made his way onto the course to celebrate with his dad.


3. Michael Jordan, NBA Championship 1991

Michael Jordan is widely considered the best basketball player of all time – and with good reason.

In ’91 Jordan was at the peak of his powers as he led the Chicago Bulls to victory over the Lakers, his first ever Championship win.


4. Mike Schmidt, Retirement 1989

Schmidt retired from MLB as one of the greatest home run hitters of all time, but even that legacy didn’t stop Schmidt from breaking down when he announced he was leaving the game.

A touching farewell from a true sporting great.


5. Paul Gascoigne, World Cup 1990

The image of Paul ‘Gazza’ Gascoigne sobbing reverberated around the world after the Englishman received the yellow card against Germany that would have cost him a place in the final.

But of course the Germans would go on to beat England 4-3 on penalties in the semi-final…


6. Tiger Woods, British Open 2006

It had been an emotional year for Tiger, with his father Earl passing away.

But Woods retained his focus and won his 11th major title, leading to an emotional outburst upon winning the Claret Jug.


7. Brett Favre, Retirement (The First Time)

The first time Favre retired, long before he was as controversial as he is now, it was a sad time for many Green Bay Packers fans.

Some argue Favre was one of the greatest quarterbacks the game has seen, others will say his career is now blighted with scandal.


8. John Terry, Champions League Final 2008

The all-English Champions League Final of 2008 was a close affair.

So close it went all the way to penalties, where Chelsea captain John Terry slipped as he took his kick – giving Manchester United victory and the rest of the world plenty of pictures of JT crying.


9. Terell Owens, Playoff Defeat 2008

When the Dallas Cowboys lost their playoff game to the New York Giants, the media leaped at the chance to blame Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo.

Owens was the first to openly defend his quarterback and shattered his image as a hard man by uncharacteristically breaking down during an interview about Romo.


 10. David Beckham, Retirement 2013

The retirement of ol’ Golden Balls was always going to be emotional and it lived up to the hype as Beckham bid a tearful goodbye in Paris.

As arguably the most marketable and ‘famous’ football player in a generation, this moment was huge.

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