There were plenty of tears during Saturday night’s Champions League final between Real Madrid and Liverpool.
Mohamed Salah was in floods after he was forced off through injury midway through the first half. Less than 10 minutes later and Dani Carvajal was also crying after he, too, hobbled off.
But it was Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius who probably cried the most on the night following his catastrophic mistakes which gifted Real Madrid two goals on the night.
In scenes that were rather uncomfortable to watch, Karius apologised to the Liverpool fans after the match with tears streaming down his face.
It was an extremely sad sight. Footballers are only human and Karius’s emotions got the better of him after messing up in the biggest game of his career to date.
He knew that it will take him a long, long time to get over this.
He might never properly recover.
PAUL SCHOLES HAS HIS SAY ON KARIUS AND SALAH CRYING
However, former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes echoed the sentiments of most old school footballers by saying the outpouring of emotion on show in Kiev shows modern footballers are ‘sensitive’ and ‘get upset easily’.
Speaking at an official UEFA Champions League final viewing party in London, per the Manchester Evening News, Scholes said: “I can understand Karius, I suppose, he’s devastated at what’s happened but injuries are part of the game.
“If you go back years and you saw somebody crying on the pitch, they’d have had a whole load of stick for it.
“Now it’s a different game, players are sensitive and they get upset easily.”
SCHOLES: ‘WHAT’S CRYING GOING TO DO?’
Scholes was famously ruled out of the 1999 Champions League final against Bayern Munich through suspension but didn’t shed any tears then.
Asked if he was ever close to crying during his career, he added: “No. What’s crying going to do?
“It’s not going to make the booking go away. Obviously I was disappointed but close to tears? No.
“I don’t think I have (cried on a pitch). Maybe when I was 11 or 12 and we lost the cup final or something.”
Honest stuff from Scholes, although arguably a little harsh on those who shed tears on Saturday night.
Football is a reflection of society and young men, by and large, are more open to displaying their emotions in public these days.
There’s absolutely nothing wrong with that.
SCHOLES: LIVERPOOL NEED TO REPLACE KARIUS
Aside from the crying, though, Scholes is convinced that Liverpool need a new goalkeeper this summer to replace Karius.
“I think Liverpool know that they needed to strengthen the goalkeeping position anyway. I think they’ve known that for quite some time,” he said. “Will this speed up the process? You’d have to think so. I think they’ll be desperate for a goalkeeper.
“I know he (Klopp) has shown faith in Karius but I don’t think he’s of the quality needed if you’re going to win the Champions League, if you’re going to win a Premier League.
“We always found in our teams we needed a top goalkeeper, there’s no doubt about that, and I think Liverpool are the same.”