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Football can be fast and furious, with wild challenges flying in and thunderous strikes rippling the back of the goal net.
But football is also a very emotional sport, and there are few more tear-jerking moments than when a former player returns to play their old club.
The attachment many feel towards their club and the players within it is like nothing else.
Watching on as someone you once loved scores against your own side can be a painful experience.
So here’s the five most emotional football reunions in recent memory, including David Beckham's return to Old Trafford.
1. Cristiano’s ‘emotional’ United goal
Cristiano Ronaldo marked his reunion with Manchester United with a goal, but the Real Madrid man refused to celebrate his strike.
Ronaldo struck back in the Champions League last-16 tie at the Bernabeu to cancel out Danny Welbeck’s opener.
"I was in Manchester for six years so tonight was very emotional for me," the Portuguese said. "I scored a goal but I didn't celebrate out of respect."
Almost a month later, Ronaldo made his return to Old Trafford in the return leg, and could easily have had a hat-trick as Real won 2-1 on the night to go through to the next round.
2. King Kenny’s swan song
Sir Kenny Dalglish had his third and final stint at Liverpool when he replaced Roy Hodgson in January 2011.
It came at a turbulent time for the club though, as he endured a much less successful period than both of his previous stints at Anfield.
Sadly, the Scot was dismissed at the end of the 2011/12 season, but still has close ties with the club and a stand named after him, which is nice to see.
3. Lampard breaks Chelsea hearts
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Chelsea’s all-time top scorer scored against his club of 13 years when Frank Lampard was on loan at Manchester City in 2014.
The volley ended Chelsea's perfect winning start to the season, and of course the midfielder did not celebrate.
Lampard described it as a “very emotional” day, and received a standing ovation from the travelling supporters, as he should have done.
4. David Beckham’s Old Trafford return
It was 11 years ago today that David Beckham made his return to Old Trafford, seven years after leaving Manchester United for Real Madrid.
The midfielder, who still remains in the game thanks to his ownership of Inter Miami, came on as a substitute for Ignazio Abate, and was given a huge standing ovation.
Becks nearly scored but for a great save from Edwin Van der Sar as United went on to comfortably win 4-0.
5. Stiliyan Petrov’s standing ovation at Villa
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One of the most emotional moments in footballing history – few can forget seeing club captain Stiliyan Petrov’s return to Villa Park following his diagnosis of acute leukemia.
The standing ovation that he received every week on the 19th minute was truly touching, as even rival fans joined in.
Petrov never played competitively again after October 2011, but remained at Villa in a coaching role, and even played in a friendly in July 2016.
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- Cristiano Ronaldo
- David Beckham
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