Football is the most loved and watched sport in the world. What footballers do on the ground goes viral in a minute. From their outstanding free-kicks, goals, saves, hairstyles and celebrations, everything impacts their fans. They then want to emulate what their icons have done on the field. Here are 11 iconic football celebrations which have somehow changed the football scenario.
There is no denying that at this moment in world football, Suarez is the best striker in the around. In the group match Uruguay versus Saudi Arabia in the World Cup, Suarez scored his 52nd goals and accomplished 100 games in Uruguay national team. Everytime Suarez scores, he kisses his wrist and three fingers, which is actually a dedication to his wife and three children. Suarez loves his family truly.
Almost every time Messi scores a goal, he celebrates with two fingers pointing to the sky as he looks up. Not many know that it is in fact in honor of his grandmother. Messi explained that “I am doing this because I dedicate my goals to my grandmother. She took me to football but now she can’t see how far I have come. Nevertheless, she continues to help me and my family.” So if it weren’t for Messi’s grandmother, we might have never seen him play football at this level or break records and create new ones.
Ronaldo has various celebration styles over years and the current one we emphasize on is the celebration in the 2018 World Cup. In the first Group B match Portugal versus Spain, Ronaldo scored sensational free kick to complete hat-trick and he celebrated with opening arms to run and then knee to glide.
Bale’s goal celebration “The Eleven of Hearts” is an official trademarked celebration. But actually, this trademark celebration was first used by Alexander Pato, who was sending his love to childhood sweetheart Sthefany Brito back in Brazil. Many other footballers including Dries Mertens, Ferjani Sassi and Wahbi Khazri also celebrate the goals by using this sign on the 2018 World Cup.
On 23, June, Mexico won the match against Korea by scoring two goals. Hernandez celebrated by kissing his team logo after scoring the goal.
After scoring a goal, Mbappe puts his two hands across the chest and then looks up to see the distance. Mbappe explained that it was created by his younger brother while he was playing the FIFA games.
Neymar once celebrated with the action of To the World after scoring a goal. This action comes from Usain Bolt, a Jamaica athlete.
In the Group D match, Croatia against Argentina, Rebic celebrated with putting two hands back to the ears after scoring the goal, which is like to hear the yells and cries from the fans.
Along with the "Calma", this is one of the most loved and iconic celebrations in football history. The "Siuuuuuu" has been hit by many young footballers who admire Cristiano Ronaldo. The word "si" in Spanish means "yes". According to the Portuguese star, while playing for Real Madrid against Chelsea in the USA in a pre-season game in 2013 he hit the celebration for the first time.
I started to say 'si', it's like 'yes', when I was in Real Madrid, Ronaldo said in an interview.
I was in the USA and we played against Chelsea and I don't know where this is coming from, the celebration. I just scored the goal and it just came out. It was just natural, to be honest. Since that, I started to do it more often and I feel like the supporters and the fans see it and they're like 'Cristiano, siiiiiiuuuu,' Ronaldo added.
Along with Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi is one of the most celebrated and loved football icons in the history of the game. Messi, the highest goal scorer in La Liga history scored one of the most iconic goals in the league to silent Santiago Bernabeu. On April 23, 2017, Messi scored the match-winning goal against Real Madrid to win the El Clasico by 2-3. To celebrate his 500th Barcelona goal, the Argentine help up his jersey and showed his name and number to the Madrid fans to remember the name. This is one of the most iconic La Liga moments as well.
Mario Balotelli is one of the most controversial footballers of all time. He used to be in news for good or bad. Euro 2012, Italy vs Germany, semi-finals, Mario Balotelli was in the news for some good things. He scored twice as Italy defeated Germany by 2-1 to lock horns with Spain. As the Italian striker hit the net, the ripped off his shirt and flexed his muscles to show the world what he is made of. When he asked about the celebration, Balotelli said, People saw my body and got angry – they were jealous.
Balotelli flexed his muscles in jubilation after scoring the second goal against Germany in the semi-finals of EURO 2012.