The Barcelona forward is arguably the greatest player ever and has scored countless amazing goals. Despite the variety of goals he has scored, the veteran has always stuck to his signature point-to-the-sky celebration. Here are the top 3 iconic goal celebrations by Messi.
3. “Topo Gigio” Celebration
Messi celebrated his goal in front of the Dutch bench, jumping up and cupping his hands behind his ears. Messi said, “I feel disrespected by Van Gaal after his pre-game comments and some Dutch players spoke too much during the game.”
As per reports, Messi’s actions after he scored was a message to van Gaal over his mistreatment of former Barcelona and Argentina star Riquelme. Messi told reporters after the match,
2. Two Fingers Pointing to the Sky
How many times have we seen Lionel Messi doing a celebration with two fingers pointing towards the heavens? but why does the Argentine celebrate in this way? This is his favourite celebration.
Messi’s celebration is in honour of his maternal grandmother, Celia Oliveira Cuccittini, who passed away before his debut with Barca. His grandmother, Celia passed away when Messi was just 11 years old and she left a huge impression on his life. Messi said “I am doing this because I dedicate my goals to my grandmother. She took to me to football but now she can’t see how far I have come. Nevertheless, she continues to help me and my family.”
1. Remember the name “Jersey Celebration”
Top goalscorer in the history of El Clasico, scored 26 times for Barcelona in competitive games against Real Madrid. On April 23, 2017, Lionel Messi scored a last-minute goal to secure a 3-2 victory for Barcelona against Real Madrid at Santiago Bernabeu. The goal was Messi’s 500th for Barca and he celebrated by whipping off his jersey and holding the side showing his name and number up to the Madrid fans.
Messi was not the first footballer to show off his shirt to the opposition fans after scoring a goal. Ronaldinho did it in his PSG days after scoring against rivals Marseille, and former Madrid captain Marcelo waved his jersey in front of Atlético Madrid fans in the 2014 Champions League Final. Messi’s celebration may have been a tribute to his old friend Ronaldinho, or maybe he wanted to turn the tables on Marcelo.