Bebeto, Tardelli & the most iconic World Cup celebrations of all-time

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From rocking the cradle to Maradona's crazy eyes after scoring against Greece, Goal recounts the most memorable World Cup celebrations

Brian Laudrup resting coolly on the pitch after scoring against Brazil in 1998, Robbie Keane imitating Robin Hood in 2002 against Saudi Arabia, Bebeto's rock the cradle with Brazil in 1994. Goal rewinds the clock and takes a look back at some of the most memorable and iconic goal celebrations to have taken place during the World Cup.

  1. Brian Laudrup vs Brazil | World Cup 1998

    Draw me like one of your French girls – or draw me like Brian Laudrup. Scoring a goal against Brazil is never easy, but the Dane oozed coolness and collection after he scored against the Selecao in the 1998 World Cup and simply lay on the pitch, resting on his elbow. Like it was no big deal at all.
  2. Andres Iniesta vs Netherlands | World Cup 2010 final

    After Andres Iniesta scored the winning – and only – goal for Spain's World Cup victory against the Netherlands in the 2010 final in South Africa in the 116th minute, he lifted his shirt to reveal the message underneath: "Dani Jarque siempre con nosotros" ("Dani Jarque, always with us"). The celebration paid tribute to his close friend Daniel Jarque who passed away in 2009.
  3. Diego Maradona vs Greece | World Cup 1994

    Maradona, Argentina's all-time great, running towards you with eyes wild after scoring against Greece, mouth agape, pupils dilating wildly in their sockets, arms gesticulating ferociously. It was the best and worst of moments as Maradona tested positive for ephedrine doping shortly after and was banned from the tournament, with his side eliminated in just the second round.
  4. Bebeto vs Netherlands | World Cup 1994

    Brazil international Bebeto celebrated both his goal against the Netherlands and the birth of his newborn child by doing the rock the cradle motion. It's a trend that has long since been replicated by footballing fathers around the world – such as fellow Brazilian Lucas Leiva when he scored against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light in 2011.
  5. Marco Tardelli vs West Germany | World Cup 1982 final

    If there were any celebration to have summed up the utter delight and glory of scoring a goal, it was Marco Tardelli's celebration against West Germany in the final of the 1982 World Cup. The Italian scored the second goal in their eventual 3-1 victory and was the embodiment of happiness and jubilation.
  6. Robbie Keane vs Saudi Arabia | World Cup 2002

    After scoring a sensational volley against Saudi Arabia for Republic of Ireland in 2002, Robbie Keane celebrated by heading to the corner flag and doing what any footballer would do – pretending to be Robin Hood and miming the act of firing a bow and arrow straight at the camera.
  7. Julius Aghahowa vs Sweden | World Cup 2002

    If Julius Aghahowa wasn't a footballer, he would have made a fine gymnast. After scoring against Sweden in 2002 through a fine header, the Nigerian performed approximately 14,239 back flips in succession – an impressive feat.

  8. Zinedine Zidane vs Brazil | 1998 World Cup final

    The image of Zizou scoring the second goal in the victorious 1998 final on home turf and then kissing his shirt repeatedly is one that will be remembered by football fans forever. It's when he affirmed his hero status in his nation.
  9. Siphiwe Tshabalala vs Mexico | World Cup 2010

    Siphiwe Tshabalala scored the opening goal in the opening fixture of the 2010 World Cup for the host nation, and he and his team-mates embarked on a very synchronised interpretation of the Macarena to celebrate.
  10. Papa Bouba Diop vs France | World Cup 2002

    Senegal were less than favourites heading into their fixture against defending champions France in 2002, and when Papa Boupa Diop scored unexpectedly to stun Les Bleus, he and his team celebrated accordingly. In one of the most amusing celebrations of all-time, Diop ran to the corner, took his shirt off, placed it on the ground, and proceeded to dance around it in a circle along with his team-mates.
  11. Roger Milla vs Romania | World Cup 1990

    It wasn't just against Romania that Roger Milla did his famous dance celebrations. After every goal he scored in the 1990 World Cup, the Cameroonian would run to the corner and proceed to shake his hips – possessing not just a talent for hitting the back of the net, but for his groovy dance skills as well.
  12. Pele and Jairzinho vs Italy | World Cup 1970

    Brazilian legend Pele opened the scoring of the 1970 final against Italy, and in celebration, jumped over team-mate Jairzinho and hugged him tightly, pumping his fist. His goal was Brazil's 100th in the World Cup, and the visual of the two celebrating with their arms outstretched is almost as memorable as the goal itself.
  13. Fabio Grosso vs France | World Cup 2006 final

    After the 2006 final between Italy and France went to penalties, Fabio Grosso successfully converted the fateful and decisive spot-kick – enabling him to fly around the pitch elatedly like a psychotic butterfly. Sure, it was no Tardelli in 1982, but it wasn't far off.

  14. Ronaldinho vs England | World Cup 2002

    Ronaldinho's celebration after scoring against England in 2002 is almost as great as the goal itself. A cheeky goal from a free-kick that will forever spark the "did he mean to that?" debate led the Brazilian to launch into a samba dance ecstatically. Sure, he was handed a red card shortly after, but Brazil ended up winning the entire tournament anyway.
  15. Finidi George vs Greece | World Cup 1994

    In one of the most bizarre but memorable celebrations, Nigeria's Finidi George – after scoring against Greece in 1994 – subsequently went on all fours to imitate the motions of a dog, then promptly lifted one leg up and did what dogs do very well.
  16. David Beckham vs Argentina | World Cup 2002

    David Beckham finally got his revenge against Argentina in the 2002 World Cup following his sending off during France 1998. Four years after the infamous incident that branded him as the nation's number one enemy, he got the last word and exorcised his demons after scoring against the same side – converting his penalty kick down the middle and the celebrating in the most joyous of manners, pulling his shirt in passionate and utterly mad glee.
  17. Rashidi Yekini vs Bulgaria | World Cup 1994

    Passion in its truest form. Rashidi Yekini let his heart out when he netted the opener against Bulgaria in Nigeria's first ever World Cup match, a fixture where they went on to win 3-0. Yekini, after scoring, gripped the net tightly and yelled delightedly – showing what scoring his country's first goal in a World Cup tournament meant to him.
  18. Tomas Brolin vs Romania | World Cup 1994

    Sweden were in for unprecedented World Cup success in 1994, finishing third in a tournament where they were only eliminated by eventual winners Brazil. Tomas Brolin dazzled during an eventful quarter-final tie against Romania when he smashed home through a dummy off of a free-kick, leading him to do a Swedish pirouette and jump high, high into the air. It was the farthest the Swedes had gone since they reached the final in 1958.

  19. Francesco Totti vs Australia | World Cup 2006

    Francesco Totti scored the only goal in Italy's last 16 tie against Australia, and celebrated by duly sucking his thumb. It was a remarkable victory in that Australia put up a good fight but couldn't find a way through to beat the eventual winners, who were down to 10 men in the second half. Totti scored his spot-kick and marked the occasion by celebrating like a kid in the school playground.
  20. Ivan Kaviedes vs Costa Rica | World Cup 2006

    After netting against Costa Rica, Ecuador's Ivan Kaviedes donned a Spiderman mask (from his own shorts pocket) in one of the most unexpected but glorious celebrations. It had a light-hearted feel on the pitch but had a deeper message – as Kaviedes dedicated the goal and tribute to his former teammate Otilino Tenorio, who had passed away in a car crash that year.