Footballers are of course required to use their feet to play the game with many of the best players of the game such as Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi using their silky skills to seemingly dance in and out of the opposition’s defence and mesmerising the audience. Here, however, we will take a look at those players who have actually “danced” on the pitch as part of their goal celebrations.
One of the funniest things I have witnessed in the English Premier League in recent years came during Sunderland’s 3-0 victory over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in November of 2010. Sunderland’s then Ghanaian superstar Asamoah Gyan had just made it 2-0 and he ran towards the Sunderland fans and started one of his famous dance celebrations. Boudewijn Zenden must have said to himself, “I’ll have a piece of that” and decided to join in and – well – you can imagine how that ended.
Youtube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pz6vP6yLobw
In the time before everyone was doing these crazy goal celebrations, during the 1990 World Cup in Italy, a relatively unknown 38-year-old by the name of Roger Milla warmed the bench in Cameroon’s first game of the tournament against Diego Maradona’s mighty Argentina. Not only did Cameroon go on to win the game against all the odds, but in the following game, Milla scored twice and performed his now famous (if a little understated by today’s standard) celebration by the corner flag.
Youtube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gaAq2LcbKPY
The world cup was staged in Africa for the very first time in 2010 in South Africa and the whole continent was buzzing before, during and after the tournament. Spain went on to win the tournament but one of the moments of the tournament was South Africa’s opening goal in the opening game of the tournament by Tshabalala. The noise was deafening (it was even audible over the drone of the vuvuzelas) and he and 3 of his team mates treated the crowd to a little dance.
Youtube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qIUJW1ZrutE
England footballer Peter Crouch is famous for being tall and thin and for his ability to win the ball in the air thanks to these attributes. He did however find fame for another reason when he decided to start celebrating his goals with his own version of the “robot”. The best example of this is during his hat-trick for England during the 6-0 friendly victory versus Jamaica in June 2006 where he used this celebration for each goal.
Youtube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qBFQxqysGaA
The Brazilians have always been known for their attacking, stylish football. During their successful World Cup campaign in 1994, Bebeto scored their second goal during their quarter final match with Holland and they did what the Brazilians do best (other than football): samba! Well, sort of. Samba meets cradling the baby, perhaps?
Youtube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sbhaDnd-5kg
This was a post written on behalf of Dancewear Central, celebrating the cringe-worthiness of some football dance related goal celebrations and the sheer awesomeness of others.