“I Understood What I’d Done Immediately” – Roma’s Federico Balzaretti Bursts Into Tears After Scoring Against Lazio

Chris Wright

23rd, September 2013


By Chris Wright

Italy Soccer Serie A

Roma saw off Lazio in the Derby della Capitale on Sunday afternoon, winning 2-0 to go joint-top of the Serie A table with Napoli and poor old Federico Balzaretti had an absolutely torrid time of it, emotionally speaking that is.

The Giallorossi full-back – who was widely criticised for his lapse performance against Lazio in last season’s Coppa Italia final – opened the scoring on the hour mark with a tidy volley and immediately burst into floods of tears on the pitch, apparently overcome by the magnitude of his goal and what it meant to the club.

Balzaretti (who, as you may be able to tell, doesn’t tend to get many goals) told Mediaset:

“I felt such incredible joy and emotion. This doesn’t happen every day. I tend to score once every four years, so to do it in the derby. So much went through my head at that moment.

“Usually you don’t realise what you’ve done right away, but I understood immediately.”

He’s not lying. Look at his face, just look at his face…


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Christ. Someone get that man a Kleenex.

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  1. Patrick says:

    …and a barber. He could have remained dignified had he not undone his hair all wild-man style!

  2. Peters says:

    This is what a Blonde Italian Leighton Baines would look like

  3. JJ says:

    Robbie Savage moonlighting well I see!! Kudos Sir, kudos sir! Fake ‘tache n’ all ;)

  4. asroma28 says:

    photos arent in order. in the madness of the celebration, his colleagues messed up his perfect pony tail. first two photos are afterwards when hes fixing it while still in tears. last two are once everyone stopped jumping on him when the water works really started. amazing! GRANDE BALZEEEE!!!!!

  5. Maria says:

    Weird. I always thought football was a man’s game. Players crying all over the place pfft. Gazza has a lot to answer for!

  6. Hubo says:

    He does not look well. Maybe a trip to the psychiatrist would be a good idea for him?

  7. regista says:

    You anglosaxons are different than us. For us Italian men it’s normal to feel emotions, it’s not “unmanly” like it is for you. We also hug our sons often, it’s not forbidden like it seems to be for you.

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