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Can YOU guess the footballer from their iconic goal celebrations? Take our tricky quiz to find out

CAN you recognize Kylian Mbappe’s two hands across the chest or Luis Suarez giving three kisses?

This quiz puts your knowledge to the test, asking you to match the celebration to the lucky footballer.


England’s Peter Crouch celebrates with Joe Cole at Old Trafford, Manchester back in 2006Credit: Reuters

There are recognizable kit colors to give you some clues to help reveal all six footballing stars and goal celebrations.

It was designed by betting company CopyBet, which also commissioned research of 2,000 football fans to reveal the top 30 most iconic goal celebrations – with Cristiano Ronaldo’s ‘Suiii’ spread crowned number one.

Other notable celebrations included Peter Crouch’s ‘robot dance’ in England’s international friendly against Jamaica, Roger Milla’s flagpole dance at Italia ’90 and Jürgen Klinsmann’s dive celebration in 1994.

Nearly half (48 per cent) think these celebrations are so iconic as they help create a spark of fun for the sport, while four in 10 think they help attract the attention of fans around the world.

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A spokesperson for CopyBet said: “Football celebrations are one of the best things about the game and the funnier or the more outrageous they get the better.

“It’s great to see a wide range feature in the list of iconic goal celebrations, including classics like Gazza’s ‘dentist chair’ and of course the famous Cristiano Ronaldo’s ‘Suiii’ jump we saw many times at Old Trafford.

“Chloe Kelly’s celebration after scoring on the winner on Sunday will surely go down among the most iconic celebrations from now on.

“We’ve seen players remove their tops before, but this was different – a massive moment for English football and the women’s game in this country.”

They added: “Now, with the new season taking place, and a World Cup year as well, there’s no doubt we’ll be seeing even more celebrations to add to the collection.”

The study also revealed 38 per cent of fans have attempted to do a goal celebration just like their favorite footballing stars – with three in 10 of those performing Ronaldo’s ‘Suiii’ celebration.

Eager fans have also tried to perform Wayne Rooney’s memorable boxing knockout punch, and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Marco Rues’ Batman and Robin mask celebration – from their days playing together for German Club Borussia Dortmund.

Of those who rejoice when scoring, 47 per cent like the style of the celebration and 45 per cent agree they are just huge fans of the sport.

And 47 per cent feel like an elite footballer whenever they perform a goal celebration.

But the poll, via OnePoll, also revealed the most embarrassing goal celebrations, including Mesut Ozil’s iconic thumb suck for Arsenal, Kevin Nolan’s horrendous chicken dance and Daniel Sturridge’s arm wave dance.

While Jose Mourinho’s celebratory knee slide when managing Inter Milan against Barcelona in the 2010 Champions League semi-final was named the most iconic manager celebration of all time.

However, 56 per cent of adults admit they are not fans of pre-organized goal celebrations, with 39 per cent feeling footballers have too much time on their hands to plan such an occasion.

And a third think watching footballers perform a goal celebration can be a cringe-worthy experience.

Nearly half (45 per cent) have been annoyed when a former player has celebrated a goal in front of their club’s fans, with 15 per cent believing a player shouldn’t be celebrating against their former team.

Despite this, 56 per cent think goal celebrations provide a good insight into a footballer’s character and 38 per cent reckon they have drastically improved in the last decade.

As well as celebrations, football fans have also copied player’s charity work (33 per cent), haircut styles (28 per cent) and certain words or phrases (26 per cent).

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The spokesperson for CopyBet added: “Goal celebrations have become so integrated within football that people are now familiar or even copying them from around the world.

“Clearly there is a lot of preparation that goes into these celebrations and there is a time and place to perfect them according to fans – but overall, you can’t deny it as something people will continue to enjoy for generations to come.”


1. Cristiano Ronaldo’s ‘Suiii’ spread

2. Peter Crouch’s robot dance

3. Lionel Messi’s two fingers to the sky

4. Paul Gascoigne’s dentist chair

5. Eric Cantona’s boss man stance

6. Thierry Henry’s stone-cold knee slide after his solo goal against Spurs

7. Roger Milla’s corner flag dance

8. Alan Shearer’s one arm raise

9. Wayne Rooney’s boxing knockout punch

10. Jurgen Klinsmann’s dive

11. Kylian Mbappe’s two hands across the chest

12. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Marco Rues’ Batman and Robin

13. Luis Suarez’s three kisses

14. Fabrizio Ravanelli’s shirt over head

15. Mario Balotelli’s – why always me?

16. Emmanuel Adebayor’s knee slide

17. Robbie Keane’s Cartwheel

18. Nani’s acrobatic backflip

19. Jamie Vardy kicking the corner flag

20. Edinson Cavani’s The Archer


1. Mesut Ozil’s thumb suck

2. Kevin Nolan’s chicken dance

3. Daniel Sturridge’s arm wave dance

4. Wayne Rooney’s boxing knockout punch

5. Alan Shearer’s one arm raise


1. Jose Mourinho’s knee slide (Inter vs. Barcelona)

2. Bobby Robson’s jig (England vs. Belgium)

3. Diego Maradona’s stomach slide (Argentina vs. Peru)

4. Paulo Di Canio’s charge into fans after injury time winner (Swindon vs. Northampton)

5. Carlo Ancelotti’s ice cool look while drinking a latte (Everton vs Spurs)


1. Cristiano Ronaldo’s ‘Suiii’ spread

2. Lionel Messi’s two fingers to the sky

3. Wayne Rooney’s boxing knockout punch

4. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Marco Rues’ Batman & Robin

5. Kylian Mbappe’s two hands across the chest

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