November 27, 2020


  • Toni Kroos took aim at ‘nonsense’ goal celebrations last week in a viral rant
  • Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Antoine Griezmann were picked out as culprits
  • Football has seen many wacky celebrations choreographed across the world
  • There have been on-pitch team-talks, selfies taken and even a human bicycle 
  • Sportsmail charts some of the most bonkers that would have irritated Kroos 

Toni Kroos does not like them but when it comes to whacky, pre-planned, elaborately choreographed celebrations, football has seen plenty from the sublime to the outright ridiculous.  

Kroos is now looking to put his social media spat with Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang behind him having branded the Gabon striker’s occasional mask-based goal celebrations as ‘nonsense’.  

Aubameyang did not take kindly to the critique and snapped back but it got Sportsmail thinking. 

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s goal celebrations were criticised by Real Madrid’s Toni Kroos
The German midfielder was dismissive of ‘nonsense’ celebrations that are choreographed

Aubameyang has favoured masks at both Borussia Dortmund and Arsenal but that is the tip of the iceberg when it comes to pre-planned routines.

Across the globe there have been human bicycles in Iceland, a bowling recreation in Estonia and a, frankly bizarre, mimic of a dog urinating at the 1994 World Cup.

Sportsmail charts some of the wackiest to ever see the light of day… 

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Griezmann hitches a ride at Sociedad 

Barcelona star Griezmann prefers to mimic moves from video game ‘Fortnite’ these days but he’s been partial to a choreographed celebration before.

Back in his Real Sociedad days Griezmann decided to hitch a ride after netting against Deportivo La Coruna. 

Sociedad were 1-0 up and when Griezmann headed in their second goal he set off towards the stands to pull off his elaborate plan.

He leaped over the advertising hoardings and got into the driver’s seat of a response car that was parked on the track surrounding the pitch.

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Soon he was boasting a full car as team-mates got in the passenger seats and Griezmann mimicked pushing the horn to navigate traffic.  

While at Real Sociedad, Antoine Griezmann ran off to a nearby car for his group celebration
Sat behind the wheel as the designated driver, the French forward had a bit of fun with it


Strike! (Almost)

If Griezmann thought his car stunt was pushing the boundaries then he has not been watching enough Estonian football. 

Having bundled home from close range for Nõmme Kalju, Japanese midfielder Hidetoshi Wakui was determined to mark his strike in style.

He frantically collected the ball from the net, ran to the touchline and has his teammates – who seemed more than willing to participate – formed themselves into a ten-pin formation.

Their form was somewhat questionable but the effort level is superb.

Wakui takes a breath, lines up his effort before bowling his team-mates all over with the match ball. 

A strike… only there were nine players, rather than 10, in the formation so rules are rules. A spare for Wakui and