Michail Antonio knows how to score goals and celebrate – but films certainly aren’t his area of expertise.
The West Ham striker became the top Premier League goalscorer in the club’s history with two brilliant goals in the 4-1 thrashing of Leicester.
His first strike was followed by an iconic celebration as he grabbed a cardboard cut-out of himself and hoisted it aloft, before kissing his two-dimensional self in front of a delighted London Stadium.
In a hilarious post-match chat with Sky, the lovable striker was shown a clip of the cut-out being prepared before the game, and admitted he had to plan something special for the moment.
However, we think Antonio got his movies muddled up.
He explained: “I’ve not been celebrating lately because of VAR, but I thought, I’ve gotta do something if I make history!
“Did any of you get what the celebration meant by the way? It was from Save the Last Dance, don’t you remember?!”
In a later interview, the 31-year-old made a reference to ‘Baby’, a character from the film ‘Dirty Dancing’ – which would make a lot more sense.
And indeed, the striker soon cleared it up on Twitter. He posted: “Score the goal, make history, nail the celebration, get the film name wrong in the interview. Baby forgive me! #DirtyDancing4Life”
Nevertheless, Antonio had Neville and Carragher in stitches throughout the interview, further cementing his reputation as one of football’s funniest characters.
He added: “Can you imagine if it had been disallowed by VAR? That would have been proper embarrassing! I’m always smiling so I’d probably have seen the funny side of that as well.”
Right now, Antonio is top of the goalscoring charts and West Ham are at the Premier League’s summit.
It’s only been two games, of course, but Antonio was in no mood for clichés when asked whether he can win the Golden Boot.
“Obviously,” he joked. “And I’m gonna make sure no one can catch me! Last year I was disappointed with my 10 goals, I was looking for 15 last year. Now I’ve got three in two goals. Who knows, could even get 20!”
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