Five alternative goal celebrations we’d love to see this weekend

It feels like things have become a bit stale in the world of goal celebrations. Here are some way footballers can spice it up this weekend…


So we’ve had the selfie, the stuffing the ball up the jersey because they’re an expectant father, the running into the stands to hug your granny and even supping a pint of beer.

These are just some of the novel ways footballers are celebrating scoring goals nowadays.

We’ve been scratching our heads at Paddy Power HQ this week to try to come up with other new ways a player can get loose after sticking the ball in the onion bag and we reckon we’ve come up with five suggestions that we would love to see in the Premier League this weekend.

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The Jet Pack

Picture the scene: there’s two minutes to go at The Emirates on Sunday and Romelu Lukaku scores a dramatic winner for Manchester United.

He sets off towards the bench to celebrate with Ole and the boys and then, from nowhere, someone produces a jet-pack, similar to the one used by 007 in Thunderball.

The Belgian striker straps himself in before firing himself into the air and heading over to the away fans at the Clock End.

A couple of mid-air doughnuts later, Lukaku comes back down to earth to be given a yellow card by an incensed Jonathan Moss, who later asks United if he can borrow it to make a quick getaway from the stadium and beat the London traffic.

The Space Hopper

The 1970’s kids favourite returns this weekend and after Sergio Aguero scores his nine millionth Premier League goal against Watford, The Etihad Stadium is treated to the sight of Manchester City’s ten outfield players pogoing around on these bright orange numbers.

City boss Pep Guardiola is not happy however when Vincent Kompany gets overexcited and damages his ACL which rules him out of the title run-in.

In the five minutes it takes match referee Paul Tierney to book all 10 players, Watford grab a late equaliser to seriously dent City’s title aspirations.

Totally Wired

Critics of Liverpool striker Mo Salah are made to eat their words when the Egyptian international runs riot against Burnley at Sunday lunchtime. Having installed Spidercam for the game, Sky Sports executives are left speechless after Salah grabs a hat-trick, runs up onto the gantry in the Kenny Dalglish stand and slides down the wire that Spidercam is suspended on.

Salah is so accurate that he slides right into the Anfield home dugout, which is handy for boss Jurgen Klopp who was just about to take him off anyway to give Daniel Sturridge his statutory cameo appearance.

Battle of the buffet

Fed up of being accused of having had a personality by-pass and sick of rival fans calling him a “Fat Spanish waiter”, Newcastle United boss Rafa Benitez decides to turn the tables (no pun intended) this weekend as they host Everton at St James’ Park.

After The Magpies take the lead (don’t know the scorer, sorry) fans at The Gallowgate End are left stunned when Benitez heads straight down the tunnel then reappears with a buffet table full of Tapas for his players to tuck into.

Everton manager Marco Silva is annoyed of course and asks referee Lee Mason to put down his plate of chorizo and remember to add the time on at the end of the game.

Benitez softens the blow however by giving Silva a doggy bag to take on the coach back to Merseyside.

Card shark

Spurs and England skipper Harry Kane is desperate to try to get rid of his “Mr Nice Guy” image and ahead of his club’s game against Southampton at St Mary’s on Saturday, he decides to play a practical joke on his England colleague and Saints goalkeeper Fraser Forster.

He sneaks into the opposition dressing-room, grabbing his wallet and taking a photo of his debit card. After opening the scoring in the first-half, Kane lifts up his shirt to reveal a t-shirt containing the 16-digit card number, start date, expiry date and the security code of the card of the player he has just fired the ball past.

At half-time, one of Forster’s team-mates explains what has happened – but it’s too late, by the time his partner has cancelled the card, Forster has run up a 50-grand bill on Ebay.

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