In football, it is not uncommon to see top footballers changing clubs or even signing for another club from rival clubs. In some cases,top footballers who were denied playing time have had to switch allegiances to another club,in order to get playing time and show the world what they are capable of doing.
Summer transfer windows have also seen top footballers getting pitched against their former clubs,coaches and teammates.
Loan deals and full transfers sometimes makes footballers play against their hitherto beloved club, keeping them in a position to score and of course celebrate with their current teams.
For some,the goal celebration is a must,while others respect their former clubs and refuse to celebrate outrightly.
In this article,we will take a quick look at five footballers who scored against their former clubs this season and how they celebrated after their goals. While some of the goals were match winning goals,others were just equalizers.
4.Pedro Rodríguez (Against AS Roma)
SSC Lazio's 3-2 win over AS Roma in Serie A this season,former Roma forward,Pedro Rodríguez scored a 19' minute goal against his former club and celebrated by running at his former coach,Jose Mourinho.
Recall that Pedro Rodríguez was sold by Jose Mourinho on the latter's arrival to Rome,and Pedro didn't take it kindly being sold to AS Roma's arch rivals.
While Jose Mourinho took the Rome derby defeat in a light manner,Pedro Rodríguez who was previously his player wasn't so happy,and showed his displeasure by running to the face of Jose Mourinho to celebrate.
3. Marco Asensio (Against FC Mallorca)
Real Madrid's winger, Marco Asensio netted his first hat-trick for the Los Blancos against FC Mallorca. The Spanish winger was a former player in FC Mallorca, during his first stint in 2006-2013 and then the second stint in 2014-2016. It was his first hat-trick for the Spanish team and Asensio didn't celebrate with his teammates, showing respect to his former club.
While the joy of scoring a hat-trick for Real Madrid may have been great,Marco Asensio didn't allow it becloud his sense of reasoning by the mature way he subtly refused to celebrate all his goals,out of respect to the club which brought him to the limelight.
2. Jesse Lingard (Against West Ham United)
In Manchester United's first EPL game against West Ham United,the Red Devils got away with all three points after an 88' minute goal by Jesse Lingard. It also took a master class penalty save by David De Gea in the 94' minute of the game to fully seal all three points comfortably with a 2-1 score line.
Jesse Lingard who spent the better part of the 2020/2021 Premier League season at West Ham United respected his former club,by refusing to celebrate his late minute winner,even after being urged to by teammates Bruno Fernandes and Cristiano Ronaldo.
While Jesse Lingard was obviously happy to be on the score sheet for the Red Devils,his respect reached out to his former club who gave him his form back.
He is one of the very few footballers who scored and refused to celebrate against their former clubs.
1. Luis Suarez (Against FC Barcelona)
Yesterday,Luiz Suarez fired Atletico Madrid to a comfortable 2-0 win over his former club,FC Barcelona by providing a goal and an assist in the La Liga encounter. The Uruguayan refused to celebrate after his goal against the Blaugranas, holding his hands together as a sign of respect to his one time club.
Recall that in 2020, current Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman called Luiz Suarez over the phone to tell the Uruguayan that he was in Barcelona's plans for the new season. Luiz Suarez then left for Atletico Madrid on a free transfer and led them to the La Liga title of the 2020/2021 season.
After scoring against his former club,Luiz Suarez celebrated by making a sign of phone call and pointed straight at Ronald Koeman.
While Luiz Suarez may have left FC Barcelona,he certainly has a lot of respect for them by the way he refused to give his usual goal celebration after his goal.
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