Gary Neville’s most painful football moments after Barcelona defeat

first_img 5 5 When Jerome Thomas and Graham Dorrans put him into retirement, January 1, 2011 – After spending the first half – in Neville’s words – “making Jerome Thomas look like Ronaldo”, the defender spent the break in the toilet realising his football career was over. He survived 25 minutes of the second half before being dragged off with his legs unable to carry him any longer. He also did well to avoid a red card and penalty for a terrible tackle on Graham Dorrans. 5 5 Neville to Robinson and … oh dear – October 11, 2006 – If ever there was a moment that could sum up the farce of the Euro 2008 qualification stages under Steve McClaren’s tenure, this was it. England travelled to Croatia, fresh from a dire 0-0 draw with minnows Macedonia at Wembley and fell 2-0 in Zargreb. Neville gave a simple backpass to Paul Robinson – or so it seemed. The ball bobbled over the goalkeeper’s boot and trickled into the net with Neville’s head in his hands. Gary Neville’s career has been more ups than downs with eight Premier League titles, three FA Cups and two Champions League trophies in his career.Upon retiring, he then went and conquered the world of punditry (and the logistics of the SkyPad) by becoming the face of Sky Sports’ football coverage.However, on Wednesday night he experienced “the most painful night” of his career when his Valencia side were humiliated 7-0 at the hands of Barcelona at the Camp Nou.But what other low points has Neville experienced in his football career? talkSPORT takes a look.Click the arrow above, right, to see the Manchester United legend’s worst moments in football.Will things improve on Sunday when Valencia travel to Real Betis? The moment when he ‘fed the Goat’ – November 9, 2002 – Neville had never been as popular at Maine Road than he was that afternoon. He was awful in Manchester City’s 3-1 win, gifting Shaun Goater a goal on 26 minutes to make it 2-1. From then on, every one of his touches was greeted with a cheer until he was hauled off by a furious Sir Alex Ferguson. Curse of the metatarsal strikes – April 24, 2002 – A mere three weeks after close friend David Beckham’s famous metatarsal injury, Neville suffered the same fate as Manchester United were held to a 2-2 draw with Bayer Leverkusen. While Beckham recovered in time for the 2002 World Cup, Neville was not so fortunate and spent nearly three months out. Barcelona 7 (seven)-0 Valencia – February 5, 2016 (Click the arrow, right, to see Neville’s other footballing lowlights…) – Neville’s nightmare start to football management, where he is yet to win a Liga game as Valencia boss got worse when Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez bagged all seven goals between them in the Copa del Rey. What is worse for Neville and Valencia is that the game was only the first leg and there is more pain to come at the hands of the holders. Before that, though, he has the chance to put things right when his side travel to Betis on Sunday. 5last_img read more

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