‘Show me a good loser, and I’ll show you a loser’ said American football coach Vince Lombardi. His other sayings include: ‘Winning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing’ and ‘If it doesn’t matter who wins or loses, then why do they keep score?’.
When you were at school you were told it was the taking part that counts, to soften the blow for those that lost and to try and avoid the tears that may follow.
Wayne Rooney is a winner. He strives to be the best and hates the idea of losing. That is why, more often that not, when he is on the pitch, his team wins.
“I do get frustrated at times but aggression has always been part of my game,” said Rooney. “The desire to win makes me the player I am. Take that away and I’d be totally different. If I’m honest, I’ll never get used to losing.”