Bafetimbi Gomis’ ‘panther-walk’ celebration scared the life of the ballboy during the Saudi Pro-League game.
Bafetimbi Gomis’ ‘panther-walk’ celebration is up among the most iconic celebrations in football. However, it scarred a ballboy, at least for some time during a Saudi Pro-League game.
The 33-year-old striker currently plays for Al Hilal in the Saudi league. He scored the first goal of the game against Al Ittihad and proceeded to do the ‘panther-walk’ celebration.
The footballer thought it would be a good idea to walk towards a ballboy while doing the celebration. However, he frightened the kid with his walk, who began to ran away hysterically as Gomis came close.
The footballer apologized to Gomis after the game as he gave his shirt and hugged him.
Here’s the video:
— John McAuley (@_JMcAuley) February 22, 2019
His ‘panther-walk’ celebration came into limelight during his stint with Swansea City in the Premier League.
He famously did the celebration after scoring the winner against Manchester United in a 2-1 victory in 2015.
Bafétimbi Gomis scared the s**t out of a ball-boy yesterday after his goal celebration. 😂
To apologise, he gave the kid his shirt after the match. 👏 pic.twitter.com/9MH7hlKs1g
— Football Tweet (@Football__Tweet) February 22, 2019
Thank you gomis, this the result of what you have done👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 pic.twitter.com/UX0O1unEim
— 🇸🇦🇸🇦ابو ياسر 🇸🇦🇸🇦 (@abuyaser0001) February 21, 2019
He started doing the celebration during his time at Saint-Etienne. The ‘panther-walk’ is a tribute to the club’s one of the greatest players, Salif Keita.
Keita scored 125 goals in 149 appearances for the French side and was nicknamed the ‘Black Panther’ during his time at the club.
Gomis left Saint Etienne for Lyon in 2009 and established himself as one of the top goalscorers in the Ligue 1 in the following seasons. After scoring 91 goals in 239 appearances for Lyon across all competitions, Gomis joined Swansea City.
However, he couldn’t replicate his success with Lyon in the Premier League and was loaned out to Marseille after two seasons.
He enjoyed a brilliant year with the French side, emerging as the fourth top-goalscorer in the league – only behind Edinson Cavani, Alexandre Lacazette and Radamel Falcao.
Gomis enjoyed further success at Galatasaray last year, where he scored 32 goals in 38 games across all competitions.