Nani’s iconic goal celebrations

Although Melbourne Victory’s new signing Nani is best known as a world-class footballer, his reputation for dazzling goal celebrations is a similarly global phenomenon.

A showcase of outrageous athleticism usually involving several flips and spins, Nani’s status as the ultimate entertainer is reinforced every time he delivers one of his acclaimed celebrations.

The acrobatic style honours the Brazilian martial art ‘capoeira’ which combines with elements of music and dance in its performance.

Nani practised capoeira as a child in Portugal, an aspect of his life he brings to the football pitch through his celebrations.

Nani has indulged fans with these displays throughout his career.

Whether scoring a long-range wonder goal against Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford to open his English Premier League account, or a simple curling finish in a behind-closed-doors game against Minnesota United, Nani is always prepared to deliver a spectacular post-goal moment.

Although his most extravagant manoeuvres are utilised more sparingly these days, the chance to witness one of Nani’s iconic celebrations in the flesh adds even further to the excitement for Victory fans following his arrival at the club.