Poll/Video: Will it be Murray, Gascoigne or even Dyer? Vote for your favourite sporting blubber
EMOTIONS ran high at Wimbledon yesterday as Andy Murray wept as he lost out in his sixth attempt to win the men’s title.
The tears rolled as he thanked his family, team and supporters in what will no doubt become one of the lasting images of the ultimate grand slam tournament.
But we want to know if you think his emotional speech pulled at the heartstrings more than these other famous sporty weeps.
1. Paul Gascoigne. Famously lost it in the World Cup 1990 semi final after being booked. The yellow card brought with it an automatic suspension from the final if England were to overcome the Germans. They didn’t. Obviously.
His youthful tears were the talk of a generation and sparked everything from Spitting Image to crisp adverts.
2. Nick Faldo. The star golfer produced a flood of tears (and possibly even a bogey) after finally overcoming American rival John Cook to win the Muirfield Open. It is often seen as the peak of his career.
3. Derek Redmond. After having to pull out of the 1988 Olympics due to an Achilles tendon injury Barcelona in 1992 was Redmond’s last shot at glory. But 175m from the finish line his hamstring tore. In agony and in tears, he was helped over the line by his father who jumped over a barricade to reach him. He was disqualified, but received a standing ovation.
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4. Andy Murray. Britain’s great tennis hope had the nation believing for almost a whole weekend. His tears tugged at the heartstrings, both because he’s previously been criticised as emotionless and moody, and because we’re all sick of losing.
5. Terry Butcher. When asked which felt worse in 1986: Ipswich being relegated from the UEFA championship or whether the infamous “Hand of God” incident from Diego Maradona in the Mexican World cup, he quite honestly stated: “Ipswich getting relegated. They were two horrible incidents, but going down was worse. I remember going into the manager and we both just sat there and cried.”
6. Andre Agassi. A habitual sporting crier, Agazzie was inconsolable after winning Wimbledon in 1992, lost it again at the French Open in 1999 and then had a good blub after his last game in 2006.
7. Matthew Pinsent. The British Olympian rower collapsed in tears after winning his fourth gold in Athens 2004. But he made sure he had a few left for the national anthem.
8. Cristiano Ronaldo. The second best footballer in the world is probably the best at crying. Famous waterworks from the step-over master include the shock defeat to Greece in the European Championship final.
9. Kieron Dyer. The midfielder wept on the pitch following Ipswich’s dramatic 1999 play-off defeat to Bolton at Portman Road. He had scoredtwice against the Trotters – but it wasn’t enough over two legs. The loss – the Blues’ third consecutive failure at the final hurdle – spelt the end of Dyer’s time at his boyhood club. Within weeks he had been sold to Newcastle for a then club record �6.5m.
10. Mauricio Taricco. Terrace favourite Mauricio Taricco couldn’t control his emotions as Ipswich Town were beaten in the 1997 play-off finals by Sheffield United.
The Argentine defender shed tears as he trudged off the pitch, distraught that his beloved Blues had missed out on a quick return to the Premier League.