The dream of any young child playing youth soccer with his friends is to score a goal at the World Cup. For the few who are able to perform at the world’s top level, scoring a goal at the World Cup can be the biggest and most defining moment of your career. At this year’s 2014 FIFA World Cup, we’ve witnessed some of the best goals every scored. But because each goal scored means so much in each match, soccer players tend to celebrate much more than any other sport.
Creativity is a must when executing a perfect goal celebration. My favorite to date has to be a recent celebration in a Lithuanian league match where a player celebrated his goal by running off the pitch and into the stands where he sat down and clapped for himself.
Unlike in the NFL, there are no fines or penalties for celebrations in soccer. Therefore, athletes wait for the grandest stage of them all to break out their most grandiose celebrations. Without further ado, I give you the “Top 10 Best Goal Celebrations” after one week of World Cup play. Scroll through the slides above and watch the video of each goal below and more importantly, don’t forget to come up with a goal celebration of your own while watching your favorite team.
#10 Mexico’s Oribe Peralta scores against Cameroon:
#9 Mario Balotelli scores the game winner vs. England:
#8 Neymar scores the go ahead goal for home nation Brazil against Croatia:
#7 Colombia’s Pablo Armero scores and celebrates with his teammates against Greece:
#6 Holland’s Robin Van Persie scores one of the most amazing goals you’ll ever see against Spain:
#5 Chile’s Jorge Valdivia goes crazy after his goal against Australia:
#4 Algeria players kneel in tribute after an opening goal against Belgium:
#3 Brazil’s Oscar sets off the heart hand gesture that has swept the World Cup:
#2 The Colombian Team choreographs Shakira’s World Cup Samba dance in their win over Ivory Coast:
#1 Costa Rica’s Joel Campbell pays tribute to his pregnant wife in his first goal of the World Cup: