There are very fine margins between becoming a hero or a villain as a footballer.
One minute you’re being adored by your own fans. The next, you’re victim of abuse from the same people.
Take this weekend’s Capital One Cup final clash for instance. Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho was the whipping off his shirt and jumping in with the travelling Kop after scoring a late equaliser. He was very much their hero at that moment.
Fast forward half an hour or so and the Brazilian is stepping up to take a spot-kick in the shoot-out.
He attempts to wrong foot Willy Caballero in the Manchester City by stuttering his run-up, only for the Argentinian to stay rooted on his line. Coutinho then hits a tame penalty which allows Caballero to make an easy save.
His miss contributed to the Reds’ penalty loss and the 23-year-old had, well and truly, gone from hero to zero.
But surely the finest hero to zero story that has ever happened in football occurred today in Japan, starring Vietnamese goalkeeper Tan Trong Bui. Scroll down the page to watch his incredible fall from grace in the matter of seconds.
You probably think you’ve seen everything on a football pitch by now, but it’s highly unlikely that something like this has ever happened before.
Truong Bui was playing for Binh Duong and was being congratulated by his teammates after pulling off a terrific penalty save to keep the scores level at 1-1.
But the goalkeeper, equipped with a bizarre looking wooly hat, was obviously too busy concentrating on his spot-kick save when the resulting corner was flung into the box.
Under little pressure, Binh Duong attempted to punch the corner-kick clear only for him to miss the ball completely, hit him on the head, and go into the back of his net.
But saving penalties isn’t the only skill that Binh Duong possesses. He clearly partakes in the odd acting class because he stays down feigning injury, knowing his made an incredible mistake.
Meanwhile, the opponents, FC Tokyo, didn’t hold back in celebrating the goal as they congratulated one of their players as if he’s just scored a wonder goal.
Obviously, it’s not very nice to laugh at other people’s misfortunes that this is absolutely comedy gold. Enjoy:
Well, at least it wasn’t on the big stage I hear you say.
Well, actually the match was in the Asian Champions League and Binh Duong went on to lose 3-1.
Poor old Trong Bui. Serves him right for wearing that silly hat, really.