10. Siphiwe Tshabalala (vs Greece)
South Africa hosted the World Cup in 2010, the first of any African nation to do so. In the opening match in front of 84,490 fans at the Soccer City Stadium in Johannesburg, Siphiwe Tshabalala rocketed in the first goal of the tournament in the 55th minute vs Mexico, which sent the fans into a frenzy! The South African and his teammates run to the corner flag in celebration before engaging in a macarena-style group dance.
9. Finidi George
Quite literally a p*sstake of a celebration, Finidi George performed one of the more unusual and therefore legendary World Cup celebrations at the 1994 event in the USA. A quick counterattack saw the ball played to George leading to a one-on-one with the goalie, who he proceeded to chip elegantly. Less elegant was his run to the corner flag where he unceremoniously got on all fours and, imitating a dog, cocked his leg.
8. Diego Maradona
Another celebration from the ’94 competition in USA, this one comes courtesy of an all-time legend of the game (or a filthy cheat with no respect for the sanctitude of the game… if you’re an England fan). But with old rivalries and bitterness aside (we’ll never forget!), this celebration definitely deserves to be on the list, for its controversy if nothing else. Shortly after the match, Maradona failed a drug test which led many to speculate this as the cause for his rather frenzied celebration to the camera.
7. Julius Aghahowa
It’s no surprise that a second Nigerian features on this list! They’re just better than everyone else at expressing their joy at scoring at the World Cup. Aghahowa’s ‘flipping awesome’ 🤦♂️ celebration came after a headed goal against Sweden in the 2002 World Cup, in which he gave the crowd a real show of athleticism with his 6 back-flip somersaults. If that didn’t entertain you, the commentator’s reaction sure will. Wooooooooo!