Πώς αποχαιρετούν οι Εθνικές τις θρυλικές μορφές

Το προ δύο ημερών 'αντίο' του Γουέιν Ρούνεϊ ήταν πλημμυρισμένο από συγκίνηση. Αντίστοιχα έντονα τα συναισθήματα σε τρεις σχετικά πρόσφατες περιπτώσεις ποδοσφαιριστών. Ακολουθεί άλλος ένας. Στην Ελλάδα πότε;

England's Wayne Rooney greets fans after his 120th cap, the international friendly soccer match between England and the United States at Wembley stadium, Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
England's Wayne Rooney greets fans after his 120th cap, the international friendly soccer match between England and the United States at Wembley stadium, Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant) AP PHOTO/ALASTAIR GRANT

Η αποχώρηση κάθε εμβληματικού ποδοσφαιριστή από την εθνική ομάδα της πατρίδας του μοιάζει με 'μαχαιριά' για κάθε Έλληνα διεθνή.

Ας μην απαριθμήσουμε τα παραδείγματα, γιατί στο φινάλε θα χάσουμε το μέτρημα. Ακόμη και η γενιά του 2004, ένα προς ένα μέλος της, είναι δικαιολογημένα παραπονεμένη για τη συμπεριφορά που έχει συναντήσει ως τώρα. Μια πλακέτα, μια ανθοδέσμη κι ένα χειροκρότημα (κάπου, κάπως, κάποτε) δεν αρκούν προφανώς. Ιδίως για παιδιά που πέτυχαν το ακατόρθωτο.

Φέρτε μονάχα στο μυαλό σας τις τρομερές εικόνες από το τι συμβαίνει σε ανάλογες περιπτώσεις του εξωτερικού. Άλλη κουλτούρα θα πεις. Βεβαίως. Αλλά κάποια 'ιερά και όσια' είναι υποχρέωση να τιμούνται με τρόπο που θα μείνει ανεξίτηλα χαραγμένος στο μυαλό τους. Θα γίνει εικόνα στο άλμπουμ της ζωής τους, σημάδι που θα μείνει εσαεί.

Το τελευταίο χειροπιαστό παράδειγμα ήταν ο Γουέιν Ρούνεϊ. Ένα ολόκληρο φιλικό παιχνίδι, αυτό της προηγούμενης Πέμπτης με τις ΗΠΑ, στήθηκε γύρω του. Στο 58ο λεπτό ο ίδιος πήρε θέση στη γραμμή του πλαγίου, φόρεσε στο μπράτσο το περιβραχιόνιο και για 120η φορά έπαιξε με τα 'τρία λιοντάρια' στην καρδιά.

England's manager Gareth Southgate pats England's Wayne Rooney on the back after the international friendly soccer match between England and the United States, Rooney's 120th cap, at Wembley stadium, Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
England's manager Gareth Southgate pats England's Wayne Rooney on the back after the international friendly soccer match between England and the United States, Rooney's 120th cap, at Wembley stadium, Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant) AP PHOTO/ALASTAIR GRANT

Ο Ρούνεϊ δεν είχε καταφέρει τίποτα στη διεθνή καριέρα του. Παρόλα αυτά οι Άγγλοι φίλαθλοι ήταν στο Γουέμπλεϊ για ένα τελευταίο 'αντίο'. Ο ίδιος το είχε ανάγκη, οι φανς το είχαν ανάγκη γι' αυτήν τη σύνδεση των 15 ετών. Το έζησε όλο αυτό παρέα με τα παιδιά του, τη στιγμή που στις 12 Φεβρουαρίου του 2003 ήταν ο νεότερος που έπαιζε με το εθνόσημο.

Ο 33χρονος σήμερα επιθετικός δεν ήταν ο μοναδικός που βίωσε μια τέτοια στιγμή στην καριέρα του.

Δείτε τρεις πρόσφατες και άκρως χαρακτηριστικές περιπτώσεις:

Γουέσλι Σνάιντερ

2003-2018: 134 συμμετοχές / 31 γκολ

Wesley Sneijder of The Netherlands greets fans as he walks off the pitch with his wife Yolanthe, left, and his children Xess Xava, second left, and Jessey, second right, as he retires from international soccer after the international friendly soccer match between The Netherlands and Peru at the Johan Cruijff ArenA in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018. The friendly against Peru is the 134th and last for 34-year-old Sneijder, a Dutch record. His first international was a 1-1 draw with Portugal on April 30, 2003. The attacking midfielder has played for clubs including Ajax, Real Madrid and Inter Milan. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)
Wesley Sneijder of The Netherlands greets fans as he walks off the pitch with his wife Yolanthe, left, and his children Xess Xava, second left, and Jessey, second right, as he retires from international soccer after the international friendly soccer match between The Netherlands and Peru at the Johan Cruijff ArenA in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018. The friendly against Peru is the 134th and last for 34-year-old Sneijder, a Dutch record. His first international was a 1-1 draw with Portugal on April 30, 2003. The attacking midfielder has played for clubs including Ajax, Real Madrid and Inter Milan. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong) AP PHOTO/PETER DEJONG
Wesley Sneijder of The Netherlands greets fans as he walks off the pitch with his wife Yolanthe, right, and his children Xess Xava, second right, en Jessey, left, as he retires from international soccer after the international friendly soccer match between The Netherlands and Peru at the Johan Cruijff ArenA in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018. The friendly against Peru is the 134th and last for 34-year-old Sneijder, a Dutch record. His first international was a 1-1 draw with Portugal on April 30, 2003. The attacking midfielder has played for clubs including Ajax, Real Madrid and Inter Milan. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)
Wesley Sneijder of The Netherlands greets fans as he walks off the pitch with his wife Yolanthe, right, and his children Xess Xava, second right, en Jessey, left, as he retires from international soccer after the international friendly soccer match between The Netherlands and Peru at the Johan Cruijff ArenA in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018. The friendly against Peru is the 134th and last for 34-year-old Sneijder, a Dutch record. His first international was a 1-1 draw with Portugal on April 30, 2003. The attacking midfielder has played for clubs including Ajax, Real Madrid and Inter Milan. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong) AP PHOTO/PETER DEJONG
Wesley Sneijder of The Netherlands greets coach Ronald Koeman of The Netherlands as he retires from international soccer after the international friendly soccer match between The Netherlands and Peru at the Johan Cruijff ArenA in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018. The friendly against Peru is the 134th and last for 34-year-old Sneijder, a Dutch record. His first international was a 1-1 draw with Portugal on April 30, 2003. The attacking midfielder has played for clubs including Ajax, Real Madrid and Inter Milan. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)
Wesley Sneijder of The Netherlands greets coach Ronald Koeman of The Netherlands as he retires from international soccer after the international friendly soccer match between The Netherlands and Peru at the Johan Cruijff ArenA in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018. The friendly against Peru is the 134th and last for 34-year-old Sneijder, a Dutch record. His first international was a 1-1 draw with Portugal on April 30, 2003. The attacking midfielder has played for clubs including Ajax, Real Madrid and Inter Milan. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong) AP PHOTO/PETER DEJONG

Info: Η τηλεοπτική οθόνη που είχε στηθεί στον αγωνιστικό χώρο προκειμένου ο Ολλανδός να παρακολουθεί οικογενειακώς μηνύματα των συμπαικτών του.

Λούκας Ποντόλσκι

2014-2017: 130 συμμετοχές / 49 γκολ

Germany's Lukas Podolski is thrown into the air after the friendly soccer match between Germany and England in Dortmund, Germany, Wednesday, March 22, 2017. Podolski retired from the national team after 130 matches and 49 scored goals. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
Germany's Lukas Podolski is thrown into the air after the friendly soccer match between Germany and England in Dortmund, Germany, Wednesday, March 22, 2017. Podolski retired from the national team after 130 matches and 49 scored goals. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein) AP PHOTO/MARTIN MEISSNER
Germany's Lukas Podolski is thrown up in the air by his teammates after the friendly soccer match between Germany and England in Dortmund, Germany, Wednesday, March 22, 2017. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
Germany's Lukas Podolski is thrown up in the air by his teammates after the friendly soccer match between Germany and England in Dortmund, Germany, Wednesday, March 22, 2017. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner) AP PHOTO/MARTIN MEISSNER
Germany's Lukas Podolski holds a flag of the German city of Cologne after the friendly soccer match between Germany and England in Dortmund, Germany, Wednesday, March 22, 2017. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
Germany's Lukas Podolski holds a flag of the German city of Cologne after the friendly soccer match between Germany and England in Dortmund, Germany, Wednesday, March 22, 2017. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner) AP PHOTO/MARTIN MEISSNER

Info: Το τραγούδι του 'Μονομάχου' που έπαιζε από τα μεγάφωνα του γηπέδου για χάρη του Γερμανού επιθετικού.

Τιερί Ανρί

1997-2010: 123 συμμετοχές / 51 γκολ

Former France's soccer player Thierry Henry acknowledges applause prior to the international friendly soccer match between France and Brazil at the Stade de France, north of Paris, France, Thursday, March 26, 2015. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
Former France's soccer player Thierry Henry acknowledges applause prior to the international friendly soccer match between France and Brazil at the Stade de France, north of Paris, France, Thursday, March 26, 2015. (AP Photo/Francois Mori) AP PHOTO/FRANCOIS MORI
Former France's soccer players Zinedine Zidane, Thierry Henry, Marcel Desailly and Patrick Vieira, from left, are honored prior to the international friendly soccer match between France and Brazil at the Stade de France, north of Paris, France, Thursday, March 26, 2015. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
Former France's soccer players Zinedine Zidane, Thierry Henry, Marcel Desailly and Patrick Vieira, from left, are honored prior to the international friendly soccer match between France and Brazil at the Stade de France, north of Paris, France, Thursday, March 26, 2015. (AP Photo/Francois Mori) AP PHOTO/FRANCOIS MORI
Former France's soccer players Zinedine Zidane, Thierry Henry, Marcel Desailly and Patrick Vieira, from left, are honored prior to the international friendly soccer match between France and Brazil at the Stade de France, north of Paris, France, Thursday, March 26, 2015. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
Former France's soccer players Zinedine Zidane, Thierry Henry, Marcel Desailly and Patrick Vieira, from left, are honored prior to the international friendly soccer match between France and Brazil at the Stade de France, north of Paris, France, Thursday, March 26, 2015. (AP Photo/Francois Mori) AP PHOTO/FRANCOIS MORI

Info: Ο Γάλλος επιθετικός επρόκειτο ν' αγωνιστεί στο φιλικό με τη Βραζιλία, πέντε χρόνια μετά την απόσυρσή του, προτιμήθηκε ωστόσο ν' ανέβει με κοστούμι και τα φιλαράκια του στην εξέδρα που είχε τοποθετηθεί.

Ακολουθεί ο Ισπανός Νταβίντ Σίλβα, την Κυριακή, στο φιλικό με τη Βοσνία.

Πηγή: BBC

Φωτογραφίες: AP

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