Top 13 Most Iconic Soccer Celebrations

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Written by Daniel Pena, Bachelors in Kinesiology and footballer: Learn More

What are some of the best soccer celebrations? The beautiful game is typically a low-scoring game especially when compared to other sports such as tennis, baseball, basketball, or American football, although there sometimes are high scoring games.

The thing about soccer is that when a goal is scored there is nothing like it, especially inside the biggest stadiums in the world, and the excitement from a goal often results in some amazing celebrations that cannot be recreated in other sports. In this blog, I will be going over the best soccer goal celebrations of all time.

The Art of Soccer Celebrations

Soccer celebrations have become a crucial part of the game and these passionate displays of joy are not just spontaneous reactions, although they can be depending on the type of goal and the type of match. Soccer celebrations can be carefully planned performances that showcase the individuality and creativity of the player.

Some players celebrate by using commonly used celebrations, others have created their own trademark celebrations, while other players can pay tribute to recent events. The following are some of the most famous goal celebrations in the history of the game.

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The Siuuuu!

Cristiano Ronaldo is known as one of the greatest players of all time, and one of the greatest athletes of all time, and one action that made him even more famous was the invention of his trademark goal celebration, the “Siuuuu!”.

If you have not seen this celebration already, which I highly doubt, then picture Cristiano Ronaldo getting speed to jump high in the air, spinning in the air, and landing with his arms outstretched while shouting “Siuuuu!” This is one of the most creative celebrations that is enjoyed and performed by youth players, other professional players, coaches, and fans alike because it is just so iconic and fun to do.

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Fingers pointed at the sky

The fingers pointed at the sky celebration is exactly what it sounds like, the player points their fingers towards the sky as a tribute to someone or something. This celebration is done by many players, but Lionel Messi is the first player that comes to mind with this celebration. Scoring a goal is a special moment in football and sometimes the best way to celebrate is by paying homage to someone special that is looking down from above.

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The somersault celebration is an exciting celebration that requires acrobatic skills and elite athleticism. This is not a celebration that every player can do so it is very special when you see it, especially live. This celebration has been used by many players such as Klose and Aubameyang to name a few.

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Forward Roll

Similar to the last celebration, the forward roll requires some sort of acrobatic and athletic skills to be able to pull off, although not as much. For this celebration the player can either run and do a forward roll or simply walk or even fully stop before doing the forward roll.

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Knee Slide

The knee slide is one of the most iconic goal celebrations that has been around for decades. In this celebration a player gets a running start and then they perform a running knee slide, usually sliding towards the part of the stadium where all the supporters are at or near a corner flag.

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The meditation celebration is a simple celebration in which a player sits down in a cross-legged position, or the lotus position, and they begin to meditate. Erling Haaland, currently playing for Manchester City, and Antoine Griezzman popularized this celebration.

In 2020, there was one incident in which Haaland caused the Paris Saint Germain team so much trouble that the entire team decided to pose in the lotus position to mock Haaland after knocking his former team, Borussia Dortmund, out of the Champions league.

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The Archer

The archer is a celebration where the player pretends to shoot a bow and arrow and it is a creative and playful way to express joy and excitement after scoring a goal. This celebration is mostly done by strikers, who do this celebration as a way to express how good their shooting accuracy at goal is.

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Three Kisses

The three kisses is a celebration that is done by Luis Suarez to pay tribute to his family, specifically his wife and kids. You may see other players doing similar celebrations, but Luis Suarez is known for kissing his wrist and fingers while holding three fingers up.

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Arms Across the Chest

The arms across the chest celebration is a celebration popularized by Kylian Mbappe. This is a very simple yet powerful celebration that is done by running to the crowd, jumping, and landing while throwing the arms across the chest.

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Fists Across the chest

Similar to the last celebration, the fist across the chest is done by having the fists clenched and putting them in front of the body. This celebration has been popularized by Robert Lewandowski and has become his trademark celebration.

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The dancing celebration is a celebration that is done by a lot of South American and African players, but players from all over the world try it out too. In these regions of the world, dancing is very important to culture and tradition which is why players like to use dance as a form of celebrating a goal.

Some people find this disrespectful, but I don’t see anything wrong with professional players celebrating a goal with something that is close to their culture and traditions.

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Robot Dance

Among all of the dance celebrations that have happened throughout the years the robot dance is one of the most popular ones that does not really need an explanation, all you have to do is dance like a robot and you can create a sweet moment on the field.

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The heart celebration is a popular celebration amongst many goal scorers, with Gareth Bale and Angel Di Maria being the players that come to mind first. This is a very simple celebration in which players make a heart shape with their fingers and point it at someone special, the camera, or fans alike.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the most iconic goal celebration in soccer history?

Excluding the celebrations on this list, one of the most iconic goal celebrations is the time where Mario Balotelli scored a stunner against Germany.

What is the most memorable celebration in Premier League history?

The most iconic Premier League celebration is the “Aguerooooo” moment in which Manchester City won the league, against their rivals Manchester United, during the last day of the competition.

What is the most memorable celebration in World Cup history?

One of the most memorable World Cup celebrations is when Brandi Chastain scored the winning penalty kick goal during the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup and she ripped her shirt off.

What is the best soccer training program?

The best online soccer training program and soccer app is Football Entangled. There is no other program like Football Entangled on the market and this community, much more than just an app, will help you get closer to making your dreams a reality.

How can I learn more about the game?

To learn more about soccer the most important thing is to join a team and play the game as much as possible. If possible, analyze high level games as much as you can and your own games as well by recording them with a soccer camera. Also read soccer books, listen to podcasts and interviews watch soccer documentaries, as well as some movies, tv shows, and anime.


In conclusion, the world of soccer is full of celebrations that have turned into iconic moments and in this blog I went over 13 of the most iconic soccer celebrations.

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