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My Penalty… For Missing the Penalty.

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MY PENALTY... FOR MISSING THE PENALTY I T's good to be me. Being part of the biggest football club in the world, Manchester United, earning fifty thousand pounds a week, having good friends and star footballers around me, having scored a massive forty eight goals last season and thirty six the year before and working under the best manager in the world, Alex Ferguson, I couldn't ask for more. All was well until one day.... the day I missed. The season had kicked off well. Wins in our first three games put us on top of the table. The young prodigy, Cristiano Ronaldo, who had been signed by Ferguson for twelve million really sparked the United midfield after the departure of David Beckham and Juan S Veron. Critics accused Fergie (Ferguson) of his reckless spending on an eighteen year old. But his thirty-minute cameo in the first game exposed his devilish delivery from out wide, when his cross was met by my team-mate, Paul Scholes' head and found the ball in the back of the net. We won that match a comfortable four to zero and our morales were high. At the end of the match, the usual echo of the crowd chanting the Manchester United song brought memories back of last season. ...read more.


As I reached out a hand to help him up, he deliberately lashed out with his foot in an attempt to injure me. The referee arrived straight on the scene and immediately raised the red card to Vieira and then I realized that he was pointing to the penalty spot. Anger surged through me and being only human I wanted to retaliate, tit for tat, but as if God was on my side I envisaged a red card and controlled myself. I knew I could harm them even more by scoring this penalty so I kept my cool. Players from both the teams had gathered around as the referee endeavoured to bring some peace to the situation. But the decision was made, the penalty was given. Steve Bennett, whose performance in the previous games between these two giants between was equally controversial, will be scrutinized again, yet he was given little option but to award a penalty. After the obligatory delay caused by players contesting the decision, I put the ball on the spot, the spot from which so far in my United career I've never missed from, the spot from where I scored eighteen out of eighteen goals last season. ...read more.


My walk towards the penalty spot was no more than a walk towards the guillotine! It was the most intense moment of my life. I shut my eyes, looked up at the heavens and said just two words, "Help me!" There was the familiar profound silence once again. I had flashbacks of the other night. This time I was determined. I stepped up confidently and shot. I scored! The silence was replaced by an uproar as great as roars of thousands of lions. It was as if a volcano had erupted. The stadium was on fire. The fans were yelling, my teammates were yelling, I was yelling. My eyes sought my manger; his thumbs up said it all... I was forgiven. From this experience I have learnt that in life there is no room for complacency and mistakes and also when opportunity knocks, one must take it. It is human nature to commit mistakes but we must have the intelligence to perceive our faults and learn from them. My one penalty miss cost us three vital points and because of that I was treated like a pariah! I was lucky to have another opportunity to prove myself and I did so, after all in the game of life it is the winner that takes it all! 1 ...read more.

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