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What is the Erling Haaland celebration? Meaning behind Borussia Dortmund star's goal salute

goal.com, 9 April 2020, 13:38
What is the Erling Haaland celebration? Meaning behind Borussia Dortmund star
Goal brings you everything you need to know about the Norwegian striker's famous pose and what it means

When you are a striker who scores lots of goals in football, you tend to find yourself celebrating a good amount of the time.

In years gone by, society was perhaps somewhat less expressive - or, at least less tolerant of explicit displays of elation - and footballers might simply have punched the air or hugged their team-mates.

Nowadays though, most players have their own unique celebrations - think Paul Pogba's dab, Antoine Griezmann's dance or Raul Jimenez's mask.

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Erling Haaland is one of football's rising stars and he also has one particular way of celebrating. So what exactly is it and what does it mean?

What is the Erling Haaland celebration?

Haaland's famous goal celebration sees him sit on the pitch, cross his legs, touch his thumbs to his fingers and close his eyes, as if in meditation or in a yoga pose.

While he does not celebrate every goal in this fashion, the performative nature of this particular celebration has resulted in it becoming synonymous with the Norwegian.

Indeed, Haaland has performed the celebration at both Red Bull Salzburg and Borussia Dortmund, meaning it is something that is now very much a part of his image.

So, just as Cristiano Ronaldo has his iconic "Siii!" celebration, Haaland - a pretender to the Portugal star's throne - has already come up with a brand-boosting method of marking goals.

In early 2020, Paris Saint-Germain players, led by Neymar and Kylian Mbappe, mockingly performed Haaland's famous celebration en masse following their Champions League last-16 victory over Dortmund.

The decision of the PSG stars to celebrate their victory in such a fashion was prompted by a picture which did the rounds on social media, which showed Haaland with the words, "Paris, my city, not yours".

It is unclear whether the post was genuine or not, but it was still enough to provoke Neymar et al, who relished rubbing the young striker's nose in defeat.

After leading the derisive retort on the pitch at Parc des Princes, the Brazil forward also posted a message on his Instagram page, haughtily declaring, "Paris, our city, not yours".

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