The Beautiful Game Changer

We've all seen this video. It shows a young Portuguese fan consoling a grown French fan after Les Bleus lost the Euro 2016 championship, leaving their followers weeping and alone.

The boy is young enough to still react with a touch to suffering the moment he comes across it.

The man is old enough to gently receive this gift, calculating his own pain to be suddenly less real than the imagined pain of a boy left bewildered had his side lost.

On one hand there is the gift of a gesture; on the other, the effacing gentleness of a gift received.

And in the hand of the person holding the video camera is the touch of one who notices from slightly above a scene worth saving, holding it apart from the criss-cross flow below of losers going one way and winners going another.


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