The modern world of football is a crass, cut-throat one. However, there are the odd occasions where the sport provide some tender moments which help provide some perspective.
Former Southampton star Luke Shaw endured a horrific injury in Manchester United's Champions League tie away at PSV in Eindhoven, Holland.
The injury, a suspected leg break, ended Shaw's first proper run of games in the United first team and could see the young full-back sit out on the sidelines for a long time.
In Southampton's summer of madness in 2014, which saw stars such as Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert and Dejan Lovren leave for pastures new, Shaw made the much-maligned move to United for a fee in the region of £30million.
As expected, plenty of Saints fans made it known of their displeasure of seeing Shaw, arguably one of the world's most promising full-backs, jump ship after one full season of action for the Southampton first team.
However, Southampton's Twitter account was the first to offer their heart-felt condolences following news of Shaw's nasty injury.
We'd like to send our best wishes to @LukeShaw23 following his injury while playing for #MUFC tonight. Come back stronger, Luke. #saintsfc
We'd like to send our best wishes to @LukeShaw23 following his injury while playing for #MUFC tonight. Come back stronger, Luke. #saintsfc— Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) September 15, 2015
Shaw instantly replied to the above with the below Tweet:
@SouthamptonFC thank you , you don't know how much you as a club mean to me , thank you so much I really appreciate it
@SouthamptonFC thank you , you don't know how much you as a club mean to me , thank you so much I really appreciate it— Luke Shaw (@LukeShaw23) September 15, 2015
The above really gives you some rare perspective in such a passionate, fervent sport. Football is just a game - a damn good one at that. But, while you may initially feel anger towards one of your favourite players leaving for a different club, it may be worthwhile remembering the human being making the move.
Saying that, it would be interesting to see if Southampton would make similar efforts to tweet Dejan Lovren if he were to suffer such ill fortune.