Video: Suarez, Klinsmann, Gazza feature in greatest ever goal celebrations

Wayne Rooney joined some of the best goal celebrations with his 'knockout moves' during Manchester United's 3-0 over Spurs, with Liverpool and England stars also featuring.

Wayne Rooney produced one of the funniest goal celebrations in recent memory when he netted Manchester United's third against Tottenham at the weekend. He had been in the newspapers prior to the game after a video emerged of him being knocked onto his back in a playful kitchen boxing match with former United teammate Phil Bardsley.

Rooney realised the best way to make light of the incident, and in particular the media's attempts to castigate the striker for what happened in the privacy of his own home, was to throw a few punches after his shot hit the back of the net, and then fall over backwards feigning knockout.

Here are five other great goal celebrations from down the years:

Jurgen Klinsmann - When Tottenham signed the German World Cup winner in 1994 he was a figure of contempt in the British press for repeated accusations of diving. So what did the striker do when he scored a goal on his debut against Sheffield Wednesday? He ran out to the left wing and threw himself down in a comedy dive even he would have been ashamed of - with all of his new teammates (including goalkeeper Ian Walker) running and joining in.


Luis SuarezAnother great diving celebration, this time from Liverpool star Luis Suarez, who prior to the Merseyside derby in 2012 had been criticised by Everton boss David Moyes for being one of a number of divers who turned supporters against English football. So when the Uruguayan netted, he promptly headed towards the Everton dugout, before performing a swallow dive in front of the Scot.


Paul Gascogine - If there was one player that bore the brunt of media interest and criticism in the 1990s it was Gazza. A natural joker and one of the most gifted footballers England has ever produced, he was part of an England team preparing for Euro 96 that were photographed taking part in some extreme 'dentist's chair' drinking games in Hong Kong. The newspapers went crazy, questioning whether that was appropriate behaviour before a major tournament. The former Newcastle and Spurs star, after scoring a wonder goal against his Rangers teammates as England played Scotland, ran over to a water bottle, and gestured for Teddy Sheringham to shoot water into his mouth, to the delight of the vast majority of Wembley.

Jimmy BullardBullard was another English joker, though the former Hull midfielder would have to thank his then-boss Phil Brown for providing the inspiration for his famous celebration after scoring against Manchester City. Brown had sat the players out on the pitch at half time of a particularly poor performance against City in 2008, and then lectured his side with wagging fingers in front of the watching crowd. In the following season's match at Eastlands in 2009, Bullard equalised with a late penalty, and then he and his side reenacted the 'telling off', with Bullard in the role of disciplinarian. 

Roger MillaOne of the most iconic goalscoring celebrations came from legendary Cameroon striker Roger Milla, whose goals were followed by a dash to the corner flag and a little celebratory dance. Most famously performed during Cameroon's impressive performances in Italia 90, Milla helped inject a creativity and level of entertainment in celebrating a goal that undoubtedly inspired many unconventional celebrations since. Sure, football is about passion, but it's also about originality and entertaining the spectators, and Milla was one of the innovators when it came to this. 

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