Today my 5-year-old son scored three goals in his soccer game. (To be fair, the score was something like 36-27; in 5-year-old soccer, pretty much everyone gets a hat trick.)
But anyway, he did not celebrate the goals. After the game I asked him why and he said, “It isn’t a big deal. I score lots of goals.”
This reminded me of Mario Balotelli’s famous response to a journalist who asked Balotelli why he rarely celebrates goals: “When I score, I don’t celebrate because I’m only doing my job. Does the postman celebrate when he delivers the mail?”
Neymar celebrates opening the scoring during the Men’s Football Final between Brazil and Germany at the Maracana Stadium on Day 15 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games on August 20, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Mesut Ozil celebrates scoring his 2nd goal, Arsenal’s 5th, during the UEFA Champions League match between Arsenal FC and PFC Ludogorets Razgrad at Emirates Stadium on October 19, 2016 in London, England.
Paul Pogba celebrates scoring his teams first goal of the game with team mates during the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier between Netherlands and France held at Amsterdam Arena on October 10, 2016 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Lionel Messi celebrates after scoring his team’s second goal during the UEFA Champions League group C match between FC Barcelona and Manchester City FC at Camp Nou on October 19, 2016 in Barcelona, Spain.