10 Best Premier League Goal Celebrations Ever

9. Basking In Cantona's Glory

Liverpool's Rigobert Song (standing) congratulates Robbie Fowler after scoring  their first goal as he pretends to snort cocaine from the touch line, after abuse from the Everton fans
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One of the coolest footballers ever to grace the game, there can be few besides Eric Cantona who can carry on about seagulls and trawlers after attacking a rival fan and still seem like a composed and stylish individual. He epitomised that continental nonchalance with his self satisfied but iconic celebration against Sunderland.

The goal itself is high quality (though not his best), with the pace, power, and precision Man United fans had come to expect from their French conqueror. The celebration, though, remains a masterpiece of understated arrogance.

Cantona finishes in the top corner, and then simply stands, arms outstretched, and pirouettes for the crowd, so that they can drink in his extraordinary quality. It’s like he’s simultaneously amazed by what he just did, and all too aware of his own spectacle. He knows he’s putting on a show for the fans, that they’ve come to see him and him alone.

Simply put, few could pull off such efficient self aggrandisement without looking a fool. He’s offering Old Trafford an opportunity to bask in his aura, and they lap it up, as well they might.


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