Iniesta and the value of tears in football

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Scott Salter | The Book of Man
May 2018 | 8-minute read

While thirty, maybe even ten years ago, his tears may have seemed excessive, these days it feels about right. On the pitch and in the stands, it’s now perfectly fine for men to weep, in moments of defeat or ecstasy or in this case, sentimental sorrow. Many would agree that sport is the one area where men are allowed to show such emotions, and many would agree this is a sign of emotional difficulties. But may it not also be the case that this is what makes sport so important to men. A place to let things out. And, if we trace things back to Paul Gascoigne’s tears in 1990, was that not the seed of modern men being allowed to be increasingly open?

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