Football's most embarrassing displays of support


Well, we have all been here before.

A player suffers an unfortunate injury. Said player is ruled out for a certain amount of time or, heaven forbid, the remainder of a tournament.

And so begins the outpouring of emotion and condolences. Which is absolutely understandable, of course, but we’ve seen some extreme overreactions to injuries before.

Barcelona last night joined the Brazil national team and Liverpool in making an awkward display of affection towards a fallen comrade – or controversial one, at that.

Take a trip down memory lane with our photo gallery and reminisce about that time football just went over the top.

FC Barcelona, 2017: Squad photo

The Catalans put out a sign of solidarity for new signing Ousmane Dembele, who will miss three months with a hamstring injury. Three months. Next.

FC Barcelona, 2017: Gerard Pique leads the tributes

Gerard Pique leads the tributes as Barcelona wear ‘Courage Ousmane’ shirts in training before their clash with Eibar. They won.

FC Barcelona, 2017: Lionel Messi also wears the shirt

The Barcelona star was also snapped supporting Dembele for his injury – he scored four goals, probably a better way to do so.

Chelsea, 2012: John Terry in the Champions League Final

Chelsea’s captain, leader, legend JT strikes again. Having been sent off in the semi-final, he was not a part of the team for the final against Bayern Munich. Didier Drogba led them to victory, before a *wild* JT appeared in full kit to lift the trophy! OK, then.

Brazil, 2014: The World Cup hosts before their semi-final against Germany

Brazil stars hold up Neymar’s shirt in memory of the injured star – who was ruled out of the remainder of the tournament in the hosts’ win over Colombia.

Brazil, 2014: David Luiz and Julio Cesar

David Luiz and Julio Cesar hold up Neymar’s shirt for the national anthem ahead of their Germany clash

Brazil, 2014: The starting XI

The starting Brazil squad are pictured with the Neymar shirt ahead of the hosts’ 7-1 semi-final thrashing at the hands of Germany.

Manchester United, 2017: Zlatan Ibrahimovic

The big Swedish striker tore his ACL in the Europa League win over Anderlecht which made him unavailable for Jose Mourinho in the dying stages of the season, including the Europa League final. Here, Wayne Rooney wore a Zlatan shirt – supported by others – as the Red Devils publicly wished the prolific striker well.

Manchester United, 2017: Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marcos Rojo

Alongside Ibra, Argentinian defender Marcos Rojo also picked up a long-term knee ligament injury. So, before the same game against Burnley, Marouane Fellaini and Paul Pogba showed their support for the duo.

Liverpool, 2011: Luis Suarez supports… himself.

Suarez and Luis Enrique wear t-shirts in support of Suarez before Wigan Athletic and Liverpool in 2011

Liverpool, 2011: Luis Suarez and co

Luis Suarez with two team-mates, all supporting the Uruguayan striker, after he is found guilty of racially abusing Patrice Evra and given an eight-match ban.

Manchester City, 2016: Ilkay Gundogan injured

The Germany international impressed following his move from Borussia Dortmund, but just as he was getting into fine form, injury struck. In December 2016 he tore the cruciate ligaments in his right knee, ruling him out for the remainder of the season. As a result, his team-mates wore these shirts before the next match.

Manchester City, 2016: Ilkay Gundogan injured

Before City met Arsenal at the Etihad in 2016, players worse a Gundogan shirt in support of the injury the German suffered against Watford.

Chelsea, 2017: John Terry leaves Chelsea

Captain, leader, legend John Terry is substituted off in the Blues’ final home match against Sunderland – in the 26th minute. Truly cringeworthy.

Chelsea, 2017: John Terry’s final game

John Terry leaves the pitch during the 26th minute against Sunderland – but not before saying goodbye to pretty much all 22 men on the pitch.

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