MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 12:  Emmanuel Adebayor of Manchester City celebrates in front of the Arsenal fans after scoring during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Arsenal at the City of Manchester Stadium on September 12, 2009 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Celebratory Antics: The 7 Most Memorable Goal Celebrations in Premier League History

There's no better feeling in football than seeing the ball hit the back of the net and with every great goal, football fans love to see a fitting celebration to match.


Here's a look back at the seven most memorable occasions in Premier League history where the stars on the pitch duly obliged.

7. Luis Suarez vs Everton (2012)

In the build up to the 219th Merseyside derby in October 2012, Everton boss David Moyes labelled Liverpool forward Luis Suarez as a "diver" who was contributing to giving the sport a bad name.


Needless to say Suarez was not best impressed by the Scotsman's comments, and when the Uruguayan opened the scoring early on at Goodison Park he rather predictably ran directly in front of Moyes on the Everton bench to perform a Klinsmann-esque dive celebration.


Never one to drift too far away from controversy, Suarez's celebration only added to the spectacle in an entertaining 2-2 draw.

6. Jimmy Bullard vs Manchester City (2009)

Phil Brown's infamous half-time team talk at Eastlands in 2008 lived on a year later in the form of a brilliantly thought-out Jimmy Bullard goal celebration.


A late penalty from Bullard earned the Tigers a crucial point in their battle against relegation, to which Bullard and co. expertly mocked manager Brown in celebration by recreating the infamous moment in front of the jubilant travelling fans.


This comical celebration has become equally memorable to the previous season's incident, whilst adding to Bullard's reputation as football's funny man.

5. Temur Ketsbaia vs Bolton Wanderers (1998)

A stand-alone contender for the Premier League's angriest celebration comes from Newcastle's Georgian forward Temur Ketsbaia.


After bagging a last-minute winner against Bolton in January 1998, Ketsbaia entered a fit of rage where he removed his jersey before furiously kicking an advertising board and brushing off any teammate who tried to stop him.


Ketsbaia would later cite his frustration at not playing regularly for the Magpies as reasoning for the incredible outburst. Whatever his justification, Ketsbaia created an unforgettable moment for Premier League fans.

4. Robbie Fowler vs Everton (1999)

Long before Suarez's diving antics, Liverpool striker Robbie Fowler had produced his own controversial goal celebration in a Merseyside derby.


Prior to the game Fowler had been wrongly accused of drug abuse by Everton supporters, to which the England forward responded by simulating the action of snorting cocaine in front of the away fans at Anfield after equalising for the Reds.


Despite the unforgettable celebration, Fowler's controversial actions didn't go unpunished as the Liverpool man was hit with a £60k fine by his club and a four-match ban by the FA.

3. Eric Cantona vs Sunderland (1996)

Eric Cantona's exquisitely taken chip and subsequent celebration against Sunderland at Old Trafford in December 1996 is one of the top flight's most iconic moments.


After a marauding run from the half-way line and neat one-two with Brian McClair on the edge of the box, Cantona produced an outstanding chipped finish which clipped the inside of the far post and into the net.


Instead of an equally emphatic celebration, Cantona simply stood still as he embraced the roaring atmosphere of the crowd before slowly raising his arms with a swagger only the Frenchman could pull off.

2. Emmanuel Adebayor vs Arsenal (2009)

After joining the Manchester City revolution from Arsenal in the summer of 2009, Emmanuel Adebayor received endless abuse from Gunners fans.


So when the Togolese bagged City's fourth goal against his former side in September 2009, Adebayor took the opportunity to give a little back. The striker sprinted the length of the field to spectacularly and very deliberately knee-slide right in front of the away end.


Despite the inevitable FA punishment of a £25k fine, Adebayor has always reiterated that he has no regrets. As fans of the Premier League's drama, nor do we.

1. Mario Balotelli vs Manchester United (2011)

'Why Always Me?'


It's a phrase which has become synonymous with the maverick Balotelli thanks to one unforgettable celebration. As the forward cooly converted Manchester City's opener in an eventual 6-1 victory over bitter city rivals United, he lifted his shirt over his head to reveal the famous phrase.


Balotelli curiously never revealed the exact reason behind the gesture, however it is likely to be a response to the constant media speculation which inescapably followed the Italian throughout his time in English football.


Whatever it's true meaning, the celebration without doubt has become one the Premier League's most memorable moments of all time.