The 18 Greatest Goal Celebrations In Football History

We count down from the disappointing (we’re looking at you, Mr. Shearer) to the world class.

18. The Salute.

Made famous by: Alan Shearer. The dullest celebration in football from the second dullest person in football (after Michael Owen).

Originality: 1/10
Difficulty: 0/10
Style: 2/10

Total: 3/30

17. The Dad Dance.

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My famous by: Sir Alex Ferguson & Brian Kidd. Like a modern day Fred & Ginger.

Originality: 3/10
Difficulty: 4/10
Style: 1/10

Total: 8/30

16. The 11 of Hearts.

Made famous by: Gareth Bale. He’s actually trademarked this celebration, so imitate it at your own risk.

Originality: 3/10
Difficulty: 2/10
Style: 4/10

Total: 9/30

15. The Trouble Maker.

Made famous by: Luis Suarez. After then Everton manager David Moyes suggested Suarez dives, this was the Uruguayan’s reaction to putting Liverpool ahead in the Merseyside derby. He’s nothing if not consistent.

Originality: 7/10
Difficulty: 2/10
Style: 2/10

Total: 11/30

14. The Messiah.

Made famous by: Wayne Rooney. He may have just scored one of the best goals in Premier League history, but this is a bit much.

Originality: 5/10
Difficulty: 2/10
Style: 5/10

Total: 12/30

13. The Psycho.

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Made famous by: Stuart Pearce. Six years after missing a penalty that helped to knock England out of a World Cup semi-final, Pearce had redemption at Euro ‘96. He seems happy about it.

Originality: 4/10
Difficulty: 2/10
Style: 7/10

Total: 13/30

12. The Raging Bull.

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Made famous by: Temuri Ketsbaia. He’s obviously more of a Nike fan.

Originality: 7/10
Difficulty: 4/10
Style: 4/10

Total: 15/30

11. The Passion of the Footballer.

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Made famous by: Marco Tardelli. See, Alan Shearer. That’s how you do it.

Originality: 5/10
Difficulty: 3/10
Style: 8/10

Total: 16/30

10. The Robot.

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Made famous by: Peter Crouch. The most depressing robot since Marvin the Paranoid Android.

Originality: 6/10
Difficulty: 8/10
Style: 3/10

Total: 17/30

9. The Cartwheel into Forward Roll into Gun Fingers.

Made famous by: Robbie Keane. This routine actually won Keane a bronze medal at the Irish Under-9s Gymnastic Championships.

Originality: 8/10
Difficulty: 6/10
Style: 4/10

Total: 18/30

8. The ‘Wow, I’m good!’.

Made famous by: Eric Cantona. He may be one seagull short of a flock, but when you look this cool who cares.

Originality: 6/10
Difficulty: 2/10
Style: 10/10

Total: 18/30

7. The Sturridge Squirm.

Made famous by: Daniel Sturridge. Proof beyond doubt that as long as you’re scoring, people don’t care how stupid you look.

Originality: 8/10
Difficulty: 5/10
Style: 6/10

Total: 19/30

6. The Dentist’s Chair.

Made famous by: Paul “Gazza” Gascoigne. Gazza and co had been photographed playing a dentist’s chair-based drinking game a few weeks before, so when he scored one of football’s great goals against Scotland there was only one option.

Originality: 10/10
Difficulty: 5/10
Style: 5/10

Total: 20/30

5. The Ba-LOL-telli.

Made famous by: Mario Balotelli. The Premier League is a duller place without him. Come back, Mario! All is forgiven.

Originality: 8/10
Difficulty: 6/10 (well, you’ve got to make the T-shirt)
Style: 7/10

Total: 21/30

4. The Phil Brown.

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Made famous by: Jimmy Bullard. A year earlier in the same fixture Hull manager Phil Brown, embarrassed by his team’s performance, gave his halftime talk on the pitch. 12 months later his players got their own back.

Originality: 9/10
Difficulty: 5/10
Style: 7/10

Total: 21/30

3. The Klinsmann Dive.

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Made famous by: Jurgen Klinsmann. Nearly 20 years later and it’s still one of the most iconic celebrations in the game.

Originality: 8/10
Difficulty: 7/10
Style: 7/10

Total: 22/30

2. The Catherine Wheel.

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Made famous by: Trésor Lomana LuaLua. He then proceeded to throw up all over St James’ Park.

Originality: 7/10
Difficulty: 10/10
Style: 7/10

Total: 24/30

1. The Catch of the Day.

Made famous by: Stjarnan FC. Iceland — the land of Björk, ash clouds, and the best damned football celebration you’re ever likely to see.

Originality: 10/10
Difficulty: 6/10
Style: 9/10

Total: 25/30

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Robin Edds is editor-at-large at BuzzFeed UK and is based in London.
 
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