After Australian rugby player Kurtley Beale squandered the opportunity to kick the Wallabies to a famous victory over the British & Irish Lions, GiveMeSport takes a look at the costliest slips in the world of sport.

The others, lamentably, are all by Englishmen who have captained their country, as Fox Sports Australia were keen to point out.

3. David Beckham

The former Manchester United and Real Madrid midfielder failed to live up to his reputation as a legendary set-piece taker against Turkey in 2003. Beckham had elected to take the crunch penalty for England, with scores level in the European Championship qualifier, when he had his own Beale moment. He also missed a penalty in their defeat to Portugal at Euro 2004.

2. John Terry

Chelsea's Barking-born 'captain, leader, legend' had one penalty kick from 12 yards to win the club their first UEFA Champions League title in 2008. Yet, the skipper fell victim to a rain-soaked Moscow pitch and, after 120 minutes of near deadlock against major rivals Manchester United, Terry missed the Blues' only chance to win the dreaded shootout.

1. Mike Atherton

Perhaps most agonisingly of all, the England cricketer suffered from dismal luck against Australia in an Ashes Test at Lord's in 1993. His slip caused him to be run-out on the verge of achieving a century at the Home of Cricket, a feat that he never achieved during his career. Worse still, he was already on 99 not-out and going for a regulation third run.


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