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Top five: Football's most upsetting moments

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Football is a game which comes with all sorts of emotions. Pride, glory, happiness, frustration, but it can also provide emotional moments and upsetting moments that can affect everyone.

There have been many occasions where footballers have cried on the pitch or have been affected by events. The most recent one came when Brazilian footballer Neymar played his final game for boyhood club Santos.

The forward is leaving the club for Barcelona in the summer and it was his last appearance for Santos. It was a moment that got the better of him as he broke down in tears on the pitch.

Here are some other moments that have caused emotions to run wild during a football game:

1) Fabrice Muamba collapses during match against Tottenham

On 17 March 2012, the footballing world was shocked to the inner core after they witnessed a fit, young footballer collapse as he suffered a heart attack during a game.

It was Bolton versus Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane during an FA Cup quarter-final and the game was approaching half time when the referee saw Muamba collapse in the middle of the pitch.

Members of both sets of players and the fans were in tears and it was reported that Muamba's heart stopped working for 78 minutes.

More tears were shed when Muamba returned to the Reebok Stadium and White Hart Lane for the first time after the incident.

2) Stiliyan Petrov returns to Villa Park after cancer treatment

The Aston Villa captain was struck down by Leukaemia during his playing days and it forced him into an early retirement.

Villa have celebrated his career by standing up and applauding in memory of their captain in the 19th minute of their matches.

Petrov returned to Villa Park later on in the season and was overwhelmed by the reception he received and the applause from the crowd left the Bulgarian in tears.

3) David Beckham retires from professional football

He has been labelled as a great ambassador of the game and he has put an end to his footballing playing days, a decision that left him in tears after his final game.

Now plying his trade in France for Paris Saint Germain, Beckham was substituted in his final game which brought the legend to tears.

The fans and the players all gave him the send-off that he deserved and the reception and the fact that it was his last performance ever really hit Beckham.

4) Frank Lampard pays tribute to his mother

In 2008, Frank Lampard received the news that his mother had passed away but still played football a few days after.

Not only did he play, he also converted a crucial penalty in a 3-2 victory over Liverpool.

After slamming home the penalty, Lampard pointed to the sky and was fighting back the tears as he paid tribute to his mother.

Whether you like him or not, it shows great character to perform after losing a loved one.

5) Billy Sharp scores after the loss of his son

Billy Sharp had to pick himself up and perform during his team's match days after losing his son.

Sharp received the news that his baby boy had passed away but chose to play for his side Doncaster Rovers and scored.

After scoring the goal, he paid tribute to his lost son by revealing a shirt that said 'RIP' and then subsequently broke down in tears.

 

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