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Pogba, social media and the art of the goal celebration


Paul Pogba has announced that he will no longer be performing his famous dab goal celebration and has found a new way to celebrate – the Billy dance.

When I wrote the headline for this article, I knew almost instinctively what some of you were thinking: “Oh no, not another article about that dab merchant Pogba!” or “I can’t believe you actually get paid to write an article about Paul Pogba dabbing.” The Facebook comments practically write themselves.

In an age when social media has become an integral part of a footballer’s career, there is more of a focus on what players get up to when they aren’t on the pitch. Fans demand to know the latest news, so when the United and France midfielder gave an interview to Esquire recently and said his dabbing days are done and dusted, thousands of you clicked on the link.

When asked to explain what a dab was Pogba said: “First of all, it started in America with Migos. I started doing it, because I liked the music, I liked the dance, and people loved it because they can do nice videos.”

Then, before the interviewer had a chance to respond, Pogba continued: “But dab is dab, now it’s gone. I think I’ve done the last dab of the season. Now it’s the Billy dance.”

Whilst most people won’t give a hoot, others will have to come to terms with the fact that the world’s most expensive footballer and social media superstar will no longer be performing his iconic goal celebration.

But where does it rank compared to the classic celebrations of the past?

To help refresh your memory, here’s a few of our favourites.

Denis Law’s Raised Arm

Back in the days when football was black and white, Denis Law was king and he knew how to bag goals. He scored so many that his simple raised arm celebration became iconic.

Sharpe’s Shuffle

Just before David Beckham emerged on the scene, United had a playboy midfielder in the shape of Lee Sharpe. And boy, could he shuffle.

van Nistelrooy’s Gunslinger

After missing a few chances and putting up with some abuse from the Chelsea fans, Ruud calmly rounds the keeper then delivers this hilarious celebration.

Nani’s Backflip

Not a bad way to introduce yourself. On his debut for the Reds, Nani manages to pull off a screamer and an equally impressive celebration.

Rooney’s Knockout

After a video leaked of the United frontman being KO’d by a former team mate in a late night sparring session, Rooney decided to recreate it for 76,000 fans at Old Trafford.

Rooney the Redeemer

Following what was considered by many to be his finest goal, a flying scissor kick in the derby, Rooney ran to the corner flag and gave his best Christ the Redeemer impression.

Cantona the King

There’s not much to it – it’s rather like a king surveying his subjects – but this one has been regularly voted one of the Premier League’s best ever celebrations.

Giggs’ Topless Lasso

A very special goal deserves a very special celebration.

Have we missed any? Let us know your favourite United celebrations 

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