Five craziest goal celebrations ever in football history
From Roger Milla’s dancing at Italia ‘90 to Cristiano Ronaldo’s trademark ground pound and Mario Balotelli’s Incredible Hulk impression, there have been some truly iconic goal celebrations over the years. But none of those match any of the following five celebrations.
5. Adebayor against Arsenal fans
Having left Arsenal for Manchester City that summer, the Togo striker Emmanuel Adebayor played against his former employers in a 4-2 win a few months later, and, having been abused by the Gooners all game, decided to sprint the full length of the pitch and slide to his knees right in front of the away end. He was met by a shower of missiles, expletives and venom, as City’s stewards held back the rabid mob.
4. Temuri Ketsbaia's anger with hoardings
Newcastle United’s Georgian midfielder Temuri Ketsbaia famously lost control when he scored a last-minute winner against Bolton Wanderers in 1998. Having chucked his shirt into the crowd and seemingly thinking about sending his shorts and boots after it, he proceeded to let out months of frustration on the advertising hoardings surrounding the St James Park pitch. He claimed many years later that it was pure frustration over not playing as much as he thought he should.
3. Antoine Griezmann takes a car ride
Atlético Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann has become well known for his quirky celebrations, recently copying a hopping victory dance from multiplayer shoot ‘em up game Fortnite, but his most extravagant came during his time for Real Sociedad. He marked doubling his team’s lead against Deportivo by jumping behind the wheel and beeping the horn of a car that had been parked pitchside, followed shortly by his ecstatic team-mates filling the passenger seats.
2. Mario Gjurovski takes his shorts off
Having scored a neat chip to give his Thai League 1 team Muangthong United a two-goal lead, the Macedonian midfielder Mario Gjurovski removed his shorts, put them on his head and performed a strange victory dance to the crowd. Having been booked 15 minutes earlier for a careless foul, however, the unamused referee showed him a second yellow and his game got over after just 35 minutes.
1. Jacopo Violan headbutts the dugout
For some reason, a few footballers seem to be utterly furious when they put the ball in the back of the net. Jacopo Violan of Italian amateur team Riolo Terme took the idea a step too far when, having scored the winning goal in a game against Ponticelli, he ran to the dugout and proceeded to slam his head through the side.