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Football's Top 10 Most Emotional Players Have Been Revealed

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Football's Top 10 Most Emotional Players Have Been Revealed

The list of the most emotional footballers has been revealed, with those who cry the most in important games taking the top spots.

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Northern Ireland Women's manager Kenny Shiels might have thought that women were more emotional, something Laura Woods called him out on, but the men can be just as led by their hearts.

That was never more on show than on Tuesday night, as all hell broke loose at the end of Manchester City and Atletico Madrid's Champions League tie.

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Despite Stefan Savic losing his head, and Jack Grealish on hand to help him, the Atletico defender doesn't make the list of the most emotional players, though manager Diego Simeone might be top of a manager's list.

That's because Bonusfinder, who compiled the list, based their research on players who cry in 'important games,' which included last game before retirement, knock-out stages of European / International competitions, “remontadas” and finals.

So it's perhaps no surprise that Neymar landed top of the list, with the PSG star not exactly one to hold back the waterworks when the time calls for it, with the Brazilian beating Cristiano Ronaldo into second place.

10. Mario Balotelli

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9. David Beckham

Beckham was left crying in his final game, for PSG in 2013. Image: PA Images
Beckham was left crying in his final game, for PSG in 2013. Image: PA Images


8. Mohamed Salah

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7. John Terry

6. Lionel Messi

5. Sergio Aguero

4. Paul Gascoigne

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3. Luis Suarez

2. Cristiano Ronaldo

1. Neymar

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Neymar in tears following the Champions League final defeat to Bayern Munich. Image: PA Images
Neymar in tears following the Champions League final defeat to Bayern Munich. Image: PA Images

Most of the players have pretty famous moments where they've been reduced to the role of 'cry baby' as the emotion, often of losing, has got to them.

Neymar couldn't cope when he came within 90 minutes of helping PSG to win their first Champions League title, when they lost to Bayern Munich in an empty stadium in 2020.

Ronaldo went through a period where he seemed to cry whenever his team weren't playing well in a game, especially if he was frustrated that he wasn't allowed to do more to help, nowadays he just chuks fan's phones instead.

Perhaps the most famous moment of tears came in World Cup 1990 when Paul Gascoigne was left in tears twice in the same game.

In the semifinal against West Germany, Gazza picked up a yellow card which would rule him out of the final, if England won, with Gary Lineker famously looking down the camera and telling someone on the sidelines to 'have a word with him.'

The midfielder would not miss the final however, as England were beaten on penalties, and once again at the end of the game the then Tottenham Hotspur player was left teary eyed.

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: Neymar, Cristiano Ronaldo, David Beckham, Lionel Messi, Paul Gascoigne, Luis Suarez, Mario Balotelli, Mohamed Salah, John Terry

Ryan Sidle
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