10
Apr

Colombian kid bursts into tears upon meeting idol Radamel Falcao

Warning, you might want to get your Kleenex handy before watching. This video will surely make your heart melt.

Adding reason No. 1,234 why we love Radamel Falcao to the list.

Falcao, who tore his anterior crucial ligament back in January, is currently in Madrid rehabbing his left knee and remains hopeful of returning for Colombia before this summer’s World Cup. Yet, Falcao’s hectic schedule didn’t stop him from helping make a young fan’s dream come true.

Thanks to the Revel Foundation, Michael Steven, a 13-year-old aspiring footballer from Bogota, Colombia, met with the Colombian superstar in an emotional meeting that made the Monaco ace himself come to tears.

Michael, who admits to having over 130 photos and newspaper clippings of Falcao in his bedroom wall, cried uncontrollably upon setting eyes on “El Tigre” and refused to let go of his soccer idol with his mighty grip. Emotions run deep later in the clip when Michael touches Falcao’s knees (2:32), wishing for the striker’s speedy recovery to help Colombia’s World Cup hopes.

Pause. Reach. Grab. Tissue.

H/T: fundacionrevel.net

9
Feb

Mario Balotelli cries in rare moment of humility

Mario Balotelli was caught wiping away the tears and burying his head in his jacket after being subbed off during AC Milan’s loss to Napoli on Saturday. A few highlights lowlights of his performance in the video above help explain why he was so upset.

After the match, Milan coach Clarence Seedorf was asked about Balotelli’s tears, which according to Football Italia were not caused by racist chants.

“What can I say about Balotelli’s tears? They were the tears of a sportsman,” Seedorf said. “Mario is human. These are things that happen many times in football and sport in general. I’d say it was actually beautiful, but I’d prefer to talk about the game.”

Football is such a passionate sport. Whether it’s unbridled joy or rampant anguish, most players and coaches wear their hearts on their sleeves. Fans love to see this raw emotion; it makes us believe that they care just as much as we do.

It’s touching to know that even a guy who loves to flex his bare-chested muscles sheds a tear once in a while.

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30
Jan

Hernanes leaves Lazio training in tears ahead of rumored Inter move

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According to reports coming out of Italy, Lazio midfielder Hernanes will be on his way to Inter Milan before the end of Friday’s transfer deadline for a fee in the region of $15 million. And by the looks of it, Hernanes is crushed over the news.

While leaving from his final training session with Lazio, the Brazilian was overcome by tears as he was trying to pull out of the parking lot. A crowd of fans gathered around his car to say their good-byes, and Hernanes dutifully took several pictures before starting to break down. With a hand covering his face and tears swelling up, Hernanes even gave away his boots — his last ever as a Lazio player? — as he struggled to keep it together.

Transfer deadline day has given us some amazing moments — and, of course, classic car-window interviews — but rarely such a tearjerker! Watch the emotional video below:

H/T 101GG

24
Sep

Neymar melts hearts, brings girlfriend to tears with video message

Ahh, puppy love. So refreshing!

Barcelona sensation Neymar had a video message for his girlfriend, Brazilian actress Bruna Marquezine, who is participating on Brazil’s version of “Dancing with the Stars.”

Neymar’s words of encouragement and love appear to have tugged on Marquezine’s heart strings, leading the 18-year-old actress to break down in tears.

What a guy! Usually Neymar brings opposing defenders to tears, but never like this.

Neymar quickly is becoming a real darling in the world of football. If the video isn’t enough, take a look at this photo of Neymar and his teammate Lionel Messi posing with their respective sons before Barcelona’s match vs. Real Sociedad on Tuesday night:

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Could one exciting pairing be the genesis for another at Barcelona? That remains to be seen a few years down the road with these two youngsters … but perhaps not THAT far down the road.

(h/t 101GreatGoals)

28
Aug

Celtic stun Shakhter in stoppage time to advance to Champions League group stage

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Somewhere, Rod Stewart is crying tears of joy.

Scottish champions Celtic will embark on yet another Champions League adventure after beating Shakhter Karagandy 3-2 on aggregate, advancing to the group stage in dramatic fashion.

After heading into Wednesday’s return leg down 2-0 to Shakhter, Celtic came back to equalize the tie on goals by Kris Commons and Georgios Samaras. Still level on aggregate heading into stoppage time, with the global exposure and millions of Euros that the Champions League offers on the line, a nervous home crowd longed for a hero. They got one in the form of James Forrest:

Understandably, Forrest’s stoppage-time goal sent Celtic Park into a frenzy. Manager Neil Lennon, well, he could hardly contain himself either:

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It’s drama and scenes like this that truly make soccer the best game in the world. Good luck to Celtic in the group stage. As for Shakhter, well, this one’s for the sheep.

6
Apr

On Saturday, Eric Abidal got his first taste of action after a long 13 months away from the game following his liver transplant almost a year to the date. That combined with Tito Vilanova’s return to the Camp Nou sidelines for the first time since January made for an emotional night in Barcelona.

To cap it all off, Alexis Sanchez and Cesc Fabregas had a rare offensive explosion in Barcelona’s 5-0 victory over Mallorca.

Whether you’re a Barca fan or not, you can’t help but root for Abidal and applaud his arduous battle from what many considered to be a career-ending condition:

"It was a very special moment for me after a year out," said Abidal, wearing a shirt with ‘Merci mon cousin’ on the front.

"I want to thank my cousin as without him I would not be here today. It is a unique moment," he added.

Read more here.