Among other football news, we report on a truly bizarre one today. We are talking, of course, of the moment when Michail Antonio celebrates a record goal with a cutout of himself!
In West Ham vs Leicester City, Michail Antonio scored a brace which led to West Ham winning the match. It also led to Antonio creating a new West Ham record for the most Premier League goals scored!
Michail Antonio broke West Ham United’s Premier League goal-scoring record on Monday night.
He scored a late brace as the Hammers defeated Leicester City 4-1 at the London Stadium.
West Ham thus earned three points thanks to two spectacular goals from the striker, but that is not all.
The first goal came after he blast the ball past Kasper Schmeichel. This was when he made a neat turn and swivel to elude the Leicester defense. He then flicked the ball over his head.
Then, just a few minutes later, Antonio tapped the ball past the Dane again, for his second goal yesterday.
As a result, Antonio now has 49 Premier League goals for West Ham. That’s two more than club legend Paolo Di Canio, which means Antonio has set a new record. He’s the club’s highest domestic EPL league scorer now.
Michail Antonio Celebrates a Record Goal with a Cutout of Himself!
What’s even more outlandish, Michail Antonio celebrated his record-breaking feat, the two goals, with a life-size cardboard cutout of himself.
Antonio, who is well-known for his iconic celebrations, was conversing with Darren Randolph on the bench prior to the game.
He was seemingly informing him Randolph he intended to use a prop from behind the dugout if he scored.
And finally, on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football, he told the story behind the cut-out.
“So basically, I’ve got to do [an iconic celebration] for the record, and I’ve not been celebrating a lot recently because of VAR. But because it was for history, I thought ‘I’ve got to do it special’,” Antonio explained.
“I started off with [iconic] celebrations, I’ve got to finish it with celebrations.”
Antonio then asked host David Jones and pundits Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher if they understood his gesture.
But none of them could figure out the significance of the celebration. Although, Carragher did jokingly suggest that Antonio hadn’t kissed anyone in a long time.
“‘Save The Last Dance’!” Antonio answered his own question, finally, referring to the 2001 dance film. “Do you not remember the lift at the end of ‘Save The Last Dance’?”
However, Neville assumed he was referring to ‘Dirty Dancing,’ which would make sense as well. After all, he did pick up the cutout and wrapped it around his head.