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Ten best Premier League goal celebrations through the years revealed, from Man Utd’s Cantona to Arsenal’s Aubameyang



WATCH the ten greatest Premier League goal celebrations, including Eric Cantona and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

From Peter Crouch’s robot to Sergio Aguero‘s famous shirt-wave, SunSport has them all here.

 Cantona's celebration against Sunderland in 1996 makes the top ten, but where?


Cantona’s celebration against Sunderland in 1996 makes the top ten, but where?Credit: PA:Empics Sport

England’s top flight has always been full of showman who play the beautiful game, and these guys are no different.

But rather than the theatre, the pitch is their stage.

SunSport has rounded up our greatest goal celebrations. Remember these?


SALAH unveiled a new celebration after scoring a stunning goal against Chelsea in 2018.

The Egyptian star pulled off a bizarre “tree pose” and later explained: “I’m a yoga man.”

It was said to be a cryptic message all about balance.


WORLD-FAMOUS for his celebrations down the years, including a Black Panther mask and a host of somersaults, one Auba effort for Arsenal has made the list.

After scoring, the Gabon star danced his way towards the corner flag, joined by his Gunners pals.


 Bullard famously recreated Brown's half-time rant against Man City


Bullard famously recreated Brown’s half-time rant against Man CityCredit: Reuters

WHO could forget Bullard poking fun of old boss Phil Brown on the pitch?

Brown had given his Hull players a public dressing down in the middle of the ground at half-time with his side losing 4-0 against Manchester City on Boxing Day 2008.

A year later, Bullard snatched a last-minute equaliser – again against Man City – before sitting his players down to wag his finger at them in a tongue-in-cheeky mickey take of Brown.


A FAMOUS celebration for a famous goal…

In 1996, Cantona scored the most sublime chips against Sunderland and celebrated by slowly rotating with his arms aloft on the spot.


THIS is not just one game… this was a career celebration.

Shearer scored his fair share of goals – and celebrated every one by raising his right arm and darting away from goal. Simple. Beautiful.


ANOTHER celebration shown off on more than one occasion was Benteke’s LeBron James impersonation.

Mimicking the NBA legend’s “silencer dance”, the Belgian forward stomped and waved his arms to commemorate a goal.


A THUMPING win for Liverpool and Manchester United – it’s all a hometown hero could dream of.

And during the Reds 4-1 win at Old Trafford in 2009, Gerrard celebrated by running the camera and giving it an almighty kiss.

 Gerrard kissed the camera after scoring in the 4-1 win at Man Utd


Gerrard kissed the camera after scoring in the 4-1 win at Man UtdCredit: AP:Associated Press


THE robot.

Enough said?


THE situation was outrageous – and the celebration was perfectly fitting.

With Man City needing a win against QPR on the final day of the 2011-12 season, Aguero popped up with a last-gasp strike to steal the Premier League title away from rivals United.

It was City’s first-ever Prem crown – and Aguero celebrated by taking his shirt off and waving it wildly around his head, before charging towards his fans.


 Sturridge famously showed off his dance skills after scoring for Liverpool


Sturridge famously showed off his dance skills after scoring for LiverpoolCredit: Times Newspapers Ltd

THERE was a time fans were treated to Sturridge’s wacky arm dance regularly.

During the 2013-14 season particularly, the England forward would show off his dance.

Now playing in Turkey after being released by Liverpool, Sturridge waves goodbye, fittingly taking the No1 spot in the fan poll.

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Tyson Fury’s dad John, 56, joins Instagram after drinking ‘a coffee and pint of vodka’ in hilarious first post




tyson furys dad john 56 joins instagram after drinking a coffee and pint of vodka in hilarious first post

TYSON FURY’S dad John is already causing a stir on Instagram despite only setting up the account on Monday.

The 56-year-old – who called out Mike Tyson in June – already boasts over 60,000 followers, with his fans sent into hysterics over his first post.

John Fury, 56, has delighted fans with content on his Instagram account


John Fury, 56, has delighted fans with content on his Instagram accountCredit: Instagram gypsyjohnfury

His world heavyweight champion son Tyson was filming his dad after the pair spent the day training and sight-seeing.

Tyson then asks his dad what his plans are for the rest of the day, with John remarking: “I haven’t got any plans.”

Fury then says: “Well you’ve just had a coffee and a pint of vodka, how are you feeling?”

To which John replies by saying: “I’m alright, the vodkas have kicked in nicely so I’ll be ready for my tea about six o’clock.”

He then joked, “I’ll probably eat myself to death like I usually do”, which drew laughter from the undefeated WBC champ.

Fans were loving the clip, as one commented: “This will go down in history.”

Another said: “Looking forward to hearing your rants or should I say words of wisdom! Love you John.”

A third added: “I love this man words can’t explain. Need to meet him.

Meanwhile one simply stated: “Mate, you’re a ledge.”

A clip from his account this morning showed him hard at work in training, as he shocked his supporters with his immense punching power.

Tyson has also shared footage of John helping out the Lancaster City Council by digging up weeds in his effort to “keep Morecambe beautiful”.

Tyson Fury’s dad shows off his punch power in Instagram training video

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Chelsea transfer target Xavier Mbuyamba has been called the ‘new Van Dijk’ and was schooled by Barca at La Masia academy




chelsea transfer target xavier mbuyamba has been called the new van dijk and was schooled by barca at la masia academy scaled

BARCELONA’s loss might be Chelsea’s gain.

The Blues are said to be keen on adding towering defender Xavier Mbuyamba to their ranks, after he reportedly cancelled his contract with the La Liga giants.

Dutch defender Xavier Mbuyamba is said to be interesting Chelsea


Dutch defender Xavier Mbuyamba is said to be interesting ChelseaCredit: Getty Images – Getty

And the 18-year-old Dutch defender comes with the some pedigree.

Standing at 6ft 5in, not only is he a man-mountain, his composed style has drawn comparisons to Liverpool star Virgil Van Dijk.

However, he is something of a late bloomer.


As is standard with Dutch players coming through the youth system, it’s normally the big two – Ajax and PSV – who have first dibs on the best talents coming through.

But Mbuyamba slipped through the cracks.

And he was ignored by the national team at youth level too.

“It is strange that they never came, but the same applies to the KNVB,” Mbuyamba told Dutch TV station RTL.

“I was called up for the first time [to the Under-19s squad] in November 2019. The staff immediately said that they thought it strange that I had never been noticed before.”

At 16 Mbuyamba broke into the MVV Maastricht first team


At 16 Mbuyamba broke into the MVV Maastricht first teamCredit: Getty – Contributor
Impressed by his talents, Patrick Kluivert recruited Mbuyamba to the La Masia academy


Impressed by his talents, Patrick Kluivert recruited Mbuyamba to the La Masia academyCredit: Instagram mbuyamba.x


Mbuyamba made his debut at the age of 16 in the unfashionable Dutch second division with MVV Maastricht.

Soon, the world’s biggest clubs starting taking notice of him.

Barcelona academy director Patrick Kluivert invited him for a trial at La Masia.

Chelsea also registered their interest, and he trained with the West Londoners for a week.

But, swayed by the prospect of appearing in Barcelona’s B side and then the first team, he opted for the move to Spain in 2019.

Mbuyamba had hoped to break into Barcelona's B side this season


Mbuyamba had hoped to break into Barcelona’s B side this seasonCredit: Instagram mbuyamba.x
Despite impressing for Barcelona's under-19 team, Mbuyamba found his chances of progression limited


Despite impressing for Barcelona’s under-19 team, Mbuyamba found his chances of progression limitedCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Mbuyamba bravely decided to leave Barcelona by mutual consent


Mbuyamba bravely decided to leave Barcelona by mutual consentCredit: Instagram mbuyamba.x


Mbuyamba’s hopes of prospering with Barça hit a halt when the B side refused to give him a starting role.

Having starred for their under-19 team in central defence and at right-back, it was hard for the ambitious centre half to stomach.

However, a divide between La Masia and the B team was said to be one of the reasons for Mbuyamba’s lack of opportunity at a higher level.

He also had hoped a loan deal would help him gain valuable first team experience, but Barcelona saw it differently.

Initially, they demanded around £1.8million for his talents. But his contract was cancelled by mutual consent, and he is now available as a free agent.


Chelsea are said to be one of four Premier League clubs who have made offers to Mbuyamba.

Real Madrid, Juventus and other European giants are also monitoring the situation.

And what are they getting for their money?

Mbuyamba has been compared to Virgil Van Dijk


Mbuyamba has been compared to Virgil Van DijkCredit: Getty Images – Getty
West London could be Mbuyamba's next destination


West London could be Mbuyamba’s next destinationCredit: Instagram mbuyamba.x

Powerful aerially, Mbuyamba boasts that same rapid recovery speed Van Dijk utilises to snuff out danger.

He’s also remarkably comfortable in possession, given his height, and is at ease playing the ball out of defence.

Whether that’s at Chelsea’s Cobham training ground, only time will tell.

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Ronaldinho set for at least another fortnight under house-arrest as judge sets court hearing for later this month




ronaldinho set for at least another fortnight under house arrest as judge sets court hearing for later this month scaled

RONALDINHO’S hopes of an early end to his five-month prison and house arrest hell have been put on hold for at least a fortnight.

The Paraguayan judge who will decide the former Barcelona and AC Milan star’s fate has set a court hearing where he could agree to release the retired footballer and his brother for August 24.

Ronaldinho is currently under house arrest at a hotel in Paraguay


Ronaldinho is currently under house arrest at a hotel in ParaguayCredit: Reuters

The pair were hoping for a release at the start of this week after it emerged prosecutors probing them over a fake passport scandal were open to letting them fly back to Brazil following the payment of fines.

They will remain at the four-star Palmaroga Hotel in Asuncion where they have been prisoners since April as part of a house arrest agreement until at least the next court date.

It was not clear today whether judge Gustavo Amarilla could allow them to leave Paraguay immediately after the hearing if he rubber-stamps the new prosecution proposal or will keep them in the country for more days or weeks pending his final decision.

Reports at the weekend said Ronaldinho had been offered freedom and an escape from trial in exchange for a £70,000 cash payment following his March arrest for allegedly entering Paraguay with a doctored passport.

Roberto de Assis Moreira was told he could be allowed to board the same plane home with his younger brother if a judge accepted a new prosecution proposal for him based around a two year suspended jail sentence and a £85,000 fine.

Both men would have to plead guilty to a charge of entering the country with falsified passports as part of a so-called deal called a ‘salida process’ in Paraguay, according to reports in the South American country.


Ronaldinho’s five-month forced stay in Paraguay began in March with a month-long spell in prison before he was allowed to move to the Palmoroga Hotel with his brother as part of the house arrest deal.

The 40-year-old revealed in an interview at the end of April with Paraguayan daily ABC Color that the first thing he will do when he recovers his freedom is give his doting mum Miguelina “a big kiss.”

The hearing where Ronaldinho and his older sibling were hoping to learn their fate was initially being talked about for yesterday.

The cash payments the pair will reportedly be asked to pay to secure their release and be able to fly home are being described locally as “reparation of the social damage” their behaviour caused.

ABC Color says Ronaldinho could expect a two-year prison sentence if his lawyers reject the prosecution deal. The final decision on his fate rests with the judge Gustavo Amarilla.

The footballer’s legal team, who have always insisted Ronaldinho was not aware he was breaking any laws, have yet to make any official comment.

Prosecutors are understood to have told the judge, who will also decide the retired soccer star’s brother’s fate, they have no evidence Roberto had any “direct participation” in the “planning part” of obtaining of the falsified passports.


Ronaldinho and his brother were arrested on March 6 after entering Paraguay to launch an online casino and a book with doctored passports falsely showing they were naturalised Paraguayan citizens.

A criminal investigation is ongoing and officials have linked the false passport scandal, which has led to the arrests of more than a dozen people including a Brazilian businessman alleged to have handed them the travel documents, to an attempted money laundering operation.

Ronaldinho, who has been staying at a presidential suite in his hotel , turned 40 in March while he was still in prison and had to make do with a low-key barbecue cooked for him by other inmates.

The fallen soccer star and his brother have consistently claimed they were tricked. Ronaldinho’s Paraguayan lawyer Adolfo Marin has said he had been given his Paraguayan passport as a “gift”, assumed it was an ‘honorary-type’ document of no real value, and gave it to an official without thinking when he reached Paraguay because it was the “first thing he got out of his bag.”

In March the lawyer branded Ronaldinho “stupid”, saying he hadn’t understood he had been given false documents to enter Paraguay.


Ronaldinho’s life has been under the microscope for all the wrong reasons since he won two Fifa World Player of the Year Awards as well as a Ballon d’Or at the peak of his playing career.

He officially retired from football in 2018. The same year he was forced to deny bigamy claims.

He had his Brazilian passport confiscated after he was convicted alongside his brother of building an illegal fishing platform on a lake in a conservation area, but Paraguayan prosecutors confirmed last month they had discovered it had been returned to him and he used it to leave Brazil on a flight from Sao Paulo.

The revelation left a huge question mark over why Ronaldinho did not use the same passport when he entered Paraguay, with his lawyer’s comments about it being the “first thing” he laid his hands on being greeted with a mixture of derision and disbelief.

Last year it was reported Ronaldinho only had £5 in his bank account.

Police raided a Ronaldinho family home to seize assets in a bid to guarantee he paid fines due over the illegal fishing platform. Officers were said last November to have seized three luxury cars and a piece of art from painter Andre Berardo.

Ronaldinho’s brother was sentenced to five years in jail in 2012 in Brazil for money laundering and other financial crimes.

Reports at the time said Roberto de Assis had been accused of lying to Brazilian tax authorities to justify the entry into his homeland of money held in secret accounts in Switzerland.

Early in April Ronaldinho showed he was still smiling despite house arrest and the threat of prison with a live appearance from his hotel room in Paraguay.

He was a surprise guest during an online show by his friends in Brazilian samba band Grupo Revelacao.

He greeted the band with his trademark goofy grin during a video call.
And he also waved with his personalised thumb and little finger waggle, the same gesture he made when Paraguayan judge Gustavo Amarilla told him on April 7 he was being released from jail after approving his house arrest petition.

I always pray so that things turn out okay and God willing this will all end soon.


In his sole interview from the hotel where he is under house arrest, conducted with three journalists from Paraguayan daily ABC Color, Ronaldinho insisted at the end of April: “We were totally stunned when we found out the documents weren’t legal.

“From that moment onwards our intention has been to co-operate with the courts to clarify all this.

“I have my faith.

“I always pray so that things turn out okay and God willing this will all end soon.

“Finding out I was going to prison hit me hard. I never imagined I would be in a situation like this.

“All my life I’ve tried to reach my highest level professionally and bring happiness to people with my football.”

He said the other inmates he spent time with in jail, where he was pictured playing football and footvolley, treated him kindly.

Insisting he was happy to sign autographs and pose for photos with the people he met in prison, he added: “Playing football, signing autographs and having photos taken is part of my life.

“I’d have no reason to stop doing it, especially with people who were experiencing a difficult time the same as me.”

Asked what his plans would be when he was finally freed from his nightmare, Ronaldinho said: “The first thing I will do is give my mum a big kiss.

“She’s been experiencing a difficult time of it since the start of the coronavirus crisis.

“After that I’ll absorb the impact this situation has generated and carry on with faith and strength.”

Ronaldinho pictured with Lionel Messi during his time with Barcelona


Ronaldinho pictured with Lionel Messi during his time with BarcelonaCredit: AFP – Getty

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