Chilean Striker Who Hit the Crossbar Against Brazil Gets Tattoo of Heartbreaking Moment (Pics)

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On Saturday, Chilean forward Mauricio Pinilla was an inch away from becoming a national hero.

With Brazil and Chile knotted at one goal a piece in their Round of 16 match at the 2014 FIFA World Cup, mere seconds away from penalty kicks, Pinilla fired a rocket toward the Brazilian goal that hit the crossbar and gave millions of Brazilians and Chileans heart palpitations (see the play here).  Just a little bit lower and Chile would have eliminated the five-time World Cup champions. But instead, the hosts survived and defeated the upstart Chileans on penalty kicks.

Obviously that’s the kind of moment that can stick with you, haunting your dreams forever. So you certainly wouldn’t blame Pinilla for wanting to never talk about it the rest of his life.

However, Pinilla has taken a different approach. Instead of trying his best to forget that excruciating moment when he almost defeated mighty Brazil, he decided to get it tattooed on his back so he never forgets.

The caption? “One centimeter from glory.”

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Some people would view this tattoo as a sort of self-flagellation, but I see it as self-motivation. What better way to propel yourself higher than a permanent reminder of how close you were to the top?

Hat Tip – [Extra Mustard]


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