Imagine scoring a 30-yard screamer and not being able to go absolutely nuts.
Well, Declan Rice knows exactly how that feels. Granted, his goal against West Ham on Sunday was inconsequential given the fact Arsenal had already smashed five past Alphonse Areola, but surely a fist-pump was in order at the very least… providing Curtis Jones has given his permission, obviously.
Ok, we all know why former Hammers skipper Rice refused to celebrate. Doing so after scoring against a former team is one of modern football’s most egregious crimes, but it still happens a fair bit. So without further ado, here are six occasions where players went mad after scoring against their old club.
Robin van Persie vs Arsenal
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Robin van Persie lost his composure after scoring against Arsenal in 2013.
Robin van Persie’s move to Manchester United in 2012 didn’t sit well at all with Arsenal fans, who gave the Dutchman plenty of grief whenever they subsequently locked horns.
He refused to celebrate his first two goals against the Gunners, but the endless torrent of abuse eventually took its toll and limbs went flying after he netted his third in November 2013.
David Luiz vs Chelsea
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David Luiz went berserk after scoring a crucial goal against Chelsea in the Champions League for PSG.
David Luiz scored a thunderous header for PSG during their Champions League clash with Chelsea in 2015, mere months after the Brazilian quit Stamford Bridge for the Parc des Princes.
It came as a bit of surprise as Blues fans were generally quite happy to see him, but the mood shifted after the frizzy-haired defender took off down the touchline and leaped into the air yards away from the home fans. It didn’t sully his reputation, mind, and Chelsea bought him back 18 months later.
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Wayne Rooney vs Everton
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Everton fans hated Wayne Rooney after he left for Man Utd in 2004, and his goal celebration a year later didn’t help matters
‘Once a Blue always a Blue’ was the infamous slogan a teenaged Wayne Rooney revealed on his t-shirt after scoring for Everton, only to leave for Man United a few months later. Toffees fans never forgave him for it, and showered their former boy wonder with abuse every time he set foot back inside Goodison Park.
Things boiled over in 2005 when United came to town on the opening weekend of the season, and Rooney scored the second goal in a 2-0 win. His celebration was, in a word, venomous, and the bad blood between player and fanbase took over a decade to subside.
Emmanuel Adebayor vs Arsenal
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Emmanuel Adebayor etched his name into football s***house history with his celebration against Arsenal in 2009.
If you looked up ‘celebrating a goal against your former team’ in the dictionary… you wouldn’t find anything because the dictionary defines single words, you idiot… I mean, you’d probably find a picture of Emmanuel Adebayor sprinting the length of the pitch of rub Arsenal fans’ noses in it after netting against them for Manchester City in 2009.
The Togo forward was already in their bad books after trading the Emirates for the Etihad a few months prior, but his mind-bogglingly provocative celebration, which nearly caused a riot, saw him become public enemy number one in north London.
Danny Welbeck vs Man Utd
Danny Welbeck chose to celebrate his goal against Man Utd View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
It was quite a shock when Danny Welbeck, who’d spent 13 years at Man United, celebrated scoring a goal against them for Arsenal in 2015. The striker had been let go following the arrival of Radamel Falcao, and Arsenal snapped him up on the cheap.
He had a decent first season at the Emirates, and his crowning moment came when he netted the winner against the Red Devils in the FA Cup quarter-finals. To the surprise of 70,000 fan inside Old Trafford, he celebrated it like any other goal.
Luis Suarez vs Liverpool
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Liverpool got a taste of what it was like to play against Luis Suarez when they took Barcelona on in the Champions League in 2019, and they really didn’t like it.
The Uruguayan, who spent three-and-a-half golden seasons at Anfield, isn’t exactly known for controlling his emotions, and celebrated wildly after scoring against his former club in a 3-0 win at the Camp Nou.
Afterwards, he explained he was simply caught up in the moment, and felt “sad” that he’d let Liverpool fans down. The Reds got the last laugh though, winning the second leg 4-0 and going on to beat Tottenham in the final a month later.