An impressive goal by a young striker was followed by an equally impressive rookie mistake on Wednesday.
After scoring his first professional goal, 19-year-old Internacional striker Maurides Roque Junior went into an elaborate cartwheel-backflip celebration—a celebration that ended in a sprained knee and the striker being carted off the field on a stretcher.
The celebration began in the 88th minute of the game. Internacional was in control, up 2-1 over America MG in the first leg of the Copa do Brasil contest.
A solid cross was placed into the America box. Maurides managed to put a head on the ball and wound up with his first big-boy goal.
What’s a young guy to do? Celebrate like crazy, clearly.
Maurides went into a multipart routine, sucking on a pacifier (because he’s a baby in the game, and all) before launching into his finale—floor gymnastics.
Planting his hands on the ground, Maurides pulled off an effortless cartwheel followed by a backflip. The display was quite impressive until the young striker landed, at which point he bunny hopped sideways and toppled over in pain.
This is the face of a man who just realized he sprained his knee celebrating a soccer goal:
As stated, the reports are a sprained knee—no picnic, but it could be much worse.
Great goal, Maurides, but next time either stick the landing or maybe just go for something safer like a corner field slide.
Never go full Gramatica.