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Why I’m falling in love with Thomas Muller’s goal celebrations

The Bayern Munich striker is a unique player anyway... but his unorthodox approach to celebrating makes him even more endearing

Somebody once asked me ‘what is Thomas Muller actually good at?’

And, when you think about it, it’s actually quite hard to put your finger on an answer.

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My hero, my mate

My hero, my mate

He isn’t that strong. He isn’t that skillful. And he certainly isn’t that quick.

But he is bloody marvellous.

And something I’ve noticed of late – particularly after Bayern Munich’s Champions League rout of Besiktas – is Muller’s unique style of celebrating.

You can take you knee slides, your w***y choreographed handshakes and your Milly Rocks.

And you shove them where the sun doesn’t shine.

Because Muller’s iconic, on the spot celebration really is the epitome of understatement.

Stand on the spot, look happy, get on with it

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Stand on the spot, look happy, get on with it

Muller – known in Germany as the ‘Raumdeuter’ or ‘Space Investigator’ – scored twice in the 5-0 bashing of the Turkish side.

Each goal, naturally scuffed in from inside the six-yard box in true Muller style, was then followed by a fist bump and a jolly on the spot.

A long distance strike by his standards

A long distance strike by his standards

Those who don’t watch the German regularly will have to trust me on this – this is how he celebrates ALL the time.

For an example, check out the way he greets the first goal in this compilation below:

Muller certainly doesn’t seem to bust a gut during his individual performances so a wildly over exuberant celebration – say legging it over to the corner flag – would almost seem unauthentic.

Everyone knows the 28-year-old is a clown off the field, but on it he’s a model professional and seemingly as focused as possible.

Here he is literally horsing around:

He might well be the greatest average footballer of all time; the best of the rest just below the truly world class category.

Because you have to be pretty special to score over 200 goals for Bayern Munich and Germany.

We’ve seen a lot of this pose during his career

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We’ve seen a lot of this pose during his career

Muller is the master of being in the right place at the right time and an expert in elegant simplicity.

Despite all his brilliance and antics off the field, his celebrations might be his most endearing characteristic…

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