Jack Grealish channeled the essence of Maradona with an unforgettable knee slide celebration following his inaugural Premier League goal against Tottenham Hotspur.
The Manchester City standout found the net in the 81st minute, seizing the moment after receiving Erling Haaland’s pass and netting past Guglielmo Vicario.
In an exhilarating display, the 28-year-old sprinted towards the touchline, executing a seemingly never-ending knee slide that captured the attention of cameras.
During his slide, Grealish’s animated expressions were perfectly caught on camera, instantly earning accolades from fans who hailed it as one of the finest celebrations witnessed. A supporter on X (previously Twitter) remarked, “The camera shot of that grealish celebration was mint btw” while another anticipated its future inclusion in Premier League intros, deeming it iconic. However, one fan playfully poked at the English player’s typical performances, noting, “Celebration was the most world class thing I’ve ever seen Jack Grealish produce”.
The comparisons drawn between Grealish’s celebration and Diego Maradona’s iconic moment in the 1994 World Cup, where the Argentine scored against Greece and passionately confronted the camera, were immediate.
Fans remarked on the similarities, with one noting the reminiscent aura of the famous Maradona camera run. Another user recognized the parallels between the celebrations, highlighting the echoes of the ‘Maradona 1994’ goal celebration in Grealish’s moment.
Some enthusiasts interpreted Grealish’s gesture as a “tribute” to the late Argentine legend, emphasizing it as a splendid homage from the English player. Despite Grealish’s goal seemingly securing City’s victory, Dejan Kulusevski’s late equalizer for Spurs resulted in a third consecutive draw for Pep Guardiola’s side in the Premier League.
With City currently without a win in their last three league encounters, they’ve slipped to third place, trailing three points behind leaders Arsenal. Their upcoming away fixture against Aston Villa will be challenging, compounded by the absence of both Rodri and former Villa star Grealish, both suspended due to bookings received in the match against Spurs.
Contender for knee slide of the season from Jack Grealish? 😅🧎♂️ pic.twitter.com/YhtoetCc7h
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This season he played in total 8 times for 364 minutes for Premier League.
Jack Grealish scored 1 goal for Manchester City. He procured one assist. He received 4 yellow cards and no red cards.
Manchester City performance and stats
In the last 14 games, it has won 9 times, drawn 3 times, and lost twice. In its last match, Manchester City drawn 3-3 against Tottenham Hotspur.
It has a positive goal difference after scoring 36 goals and conceding 16.