Yesterday saw the world’s most expensive player Gareth Bale make his awaited debut for Real Madrid, and he didn’t disappoint. Bale scored on his debut for Los Blancos yesterday, sliding in Dani Carvajal’s back post cross to open his account at the club.
He reeled away and hugged the provider before taking the plaudits almost one-by-one by his team-mates who were keen to congratulate him after an excellent start to his Madrid career.
Amongst all the back-patting and bum-tapping Bales almost forgot to sign off the goal with his trademark celebration.
Bale has made his celebrations his own. Putting his hands together in the shape of a heart has become a real symbolic grsture for when Bale puts the ball in the back of the net - meaning last season we got to see plenty of it.
The fans have something of a love hate relationship with the celebration. Some hate it, and think it is perhaps a bit soft or cheesy for a footballer, or simply don’t like the idea of specific pre-disposed celebrations regardless. Others, well others love it. I cannot describe the amount of children seen up and down the country replicating the celebration after scoring a goal on the weekends.
But those Tottenham fans who do like the celebration, and are going to miss it need not fear - just wait till Erik Lamela scores his first goal for the club.
Tottenham’s record signing also adopts the celebration on occasion so we might not have to wait long before we see it in use at White Hart Lane once again.
But Lamela certainly doesn’t do it as much as Bale - so even if he does score, we may not be treated to its sight.
Unless Paulinho bags a goal from midfield. Yep, the Brazilian is also known to occasionally adopt the Bale celebration - so chances are we will see the heart celebration at The Lane this season - from either the £30 million or £17 million signing.
We don’t know what Bale would make of it though. The Welshman reportedly trademarked his celebration with the Intellectual Property Office in August.
Can see the headline now, ‘Bale sues Lamela for goal celebration’ … now that would tickle.
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