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Chilean Striker Mauricio Pinilla Is the Real Life Gordon Bombay, Gets Tattoo of Crossbar Miss Against Brazil

By 07.01.14


Chile came this close to defeating Brazil on Saturday when striker Mauricio Pinilla hammered a rocket off the crossbar in the 119th minute. The brutal near miss became even more brutal when the host country advanced on penalty kicks.


Just days after the heartbreaking moment, Pinilla channeled his inner masochist by getting the moment forever imprinted on his flesh.


The tattoo comes complete with a haunting inscription of “one centimeter from glory.”

The artwork will be a constant reminder of the most disappointing moment of Pinilla’s playing career. That is to say: it was a very bold choice. You don’t see Bill Buckner or Chris Webber sporting ink of their championship heartaches.

Then again, perhaps becoming the living version of Gordon Bombay will lead to an awesome movie franchise in which Pinilla leads a group of ragtag kids to a championship.

That would really be the best possible ending here.

[H/T: Buzzer on Fox]

Kyle Koster
About Kyle Koster... Whenever you read a blog and think, "this is something that didn't need to be on the internet," you can bet I am responsible for it. I left a promising career in actual journalism to make GIFS and watch sports. No regrets. Oh yeah, I talked to Justin Bieber once and it was OK. Send tips/tell me I suck: or
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