2018 was not short of headline-making stories.
Yet, somewhere in the din smaller instances of athletes and teams showing their humane side was lost.
As 2018 winds down, here's a list of the most heartwarming stories from sports from the year:
Virgil van Dijk consoles referee
— OnsOranje (@OnsOranje) November 20, 2018
Leicester City's emotional homecoming after owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha's passing away
Young fan hands a note to Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha's son as football returns to King Power Stadium
'Forever in our hearts'
On an emotional day in #Leicester,
players marched with 10,000 fans to the stadium, tears flowed around the King Power, and the late #VichaiSrivaddhanaprabha's son #Aiyawatt laid a wreath in honour of his father. #LeiBur
Read: https://t.co/czgVT6yRPi pic.twitter.com/8wrWvNeVT9
— Firstpost Sports (@FirstpostSports) November 10, 2018
New Zealand player's family performs Haka for him
Topless taekwondo star from Tonga turns cross-country skiier
Former taekwondo Olympian from Tonga @PitaTaufatofua qualified for @PyeongChang2018 proving hard training ⛷️ pays off!#LIVE emotions -> https://t.co/bIuIKzxt8R@fiscrosscountry @WorldTaekwondo1 pic.twitter.com/b3g9Zt4ynf
— Olympic Channel (@olympicchannel) January 21, 2018
Alonso gets a donut sendoff from Formula 1
Visually impaired Liverpool fan gets to meet players, including Mo Salah, after video of him celebrating goal goes viral
"To Michael, your support is an inspiration. Mo Salah" ❤️@MoSalah invited @MikeKearney1 for a special visit to Melwood after a video of him celebrating our decisive #UCL winner against @sscnapoli went viral... pic.twitter.com/zHo67eBdfK
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) December 20, 2018
When Mo Salah made a young fan’s day
When LeBron James made a return to Cleveland as a Laker
LeBron James receives a warm welcoming back in Cleveland!
WATCH the action on ESPN pic.twitter.com/qUV7x0BNmF
— NBA (@NBA) November 22, 2018
Hamilton and Vettel exchange helmets as a symbol of mutual respect
When a high school volleyball team lost all of their kits in the California fire, their state semi-final opponents surprised them with jerseys, food and even donations!
Making state semifinals would normally be a big deal, but some of these high school volleyball players lost everything in the California fires. So their opponents surprised them with brand-new jerseys, kneepads, food and thousands of dollars in donations. https://t.co/0IEGUSDYSp pic.twitter.com/7ykxHTxXLK
— CNN (@CNN) November 20, 2018
Donovan Mitchell brightens a young fan’s day after spotting the kid wearing his high school jersey
When no one turned up for a six-year-old’s birthday party, Phoenix Suns invited him to a game against the LA Lakers
— Phoenix Suns (@Suns) October 22, 2018
Meet the high-fiving grandmom
Alastair Cook gets a gift from media on his Test retirement
— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) September 10, 2018
James Anderson got emotional while talking about Alastair Cook’s departure
"He's my best friend. I am going to miss him" An emotional Jimmy Anderson struggles to keep the tears back when paying tribute to Alastair Cook. Watch #ENGvIND reaction on Sky Sports Cricket or follow: https://t.co/monTXhlnfq pic.twitter.com/gjFLRhq96t — Sky Sports Cricket (@SkyCricket) September 11, 2018
Everyone loves N’Golo Kante
It's official; everyone loves N'Golo Kanté.
— Squawka News (@SquawkaNews) September 9, 2018
Ahead of her US Open final against Serena Williams, Naomi Osaka has a message for the American
Serena Williams asks fans to stop booing and celebrate Naomi Osaka's US Open victory
— Jeff Eisenband (@JeffEisenband) September 8, 2018
Naomi Osaka talks about feeling like a fan again after hugging her idol Serena Williams post her US Open win
"When I step on the court, I'm not a Serena fan - I'm just a tennis player playing another tennis player. But when I hugged her at the net, I felt like a little kid again." ❤ @Naomi_Osaka_ lets us into her heart...#USOpen pic.twitter.com/GlCigEQUiv — US Open Tennis (@usopen) September 9, 2018
When a stray dog became the ‘assistant manager’ of a football club in Paraguay
— Matias Grez (@matias_grez) September 5, 2018
Novak Djokovic consoles Juan Martin del Potro after beating him in the US Open final
Roger Federer coaches Zverev at Laver Cup
— Laver Cup (@LaverCup) September 23, 2018
And here’s Federer advising Novak Djokovic as well at the Laver Cup
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Updated Date: Dec 29, 2018 20:17:25 IST