Soccer isn't exactly as popular in North America as it is everywhere else in the World, but perhaps if we saw more idiots like Fabian Espindola on the pitch, we'd tune in more often.
Espindola, an Argentinian, began his career in his homeland but was quickly bounced around various squads, and eventually ended up in the MLS with Real Salt Lake.
Obviously extremely excited to be moving from boring, sexually-repressed South America and it's terrible weather to open-minded, sexually uninhibited and warm, sunny Utah, the man had every reason to celebrate. He wanted the fans to celebrate with him, however, so he decided to bring his antics to the pitch.
He scored his first career goal against the Kansas City Wizards, and delighted and wowed everyone by celebrating with a backflip. Now, that kind of zealotry is rarely seen in North American sport, but apparently it is his trademark from his early playing days in South America. South American and European players are well known for their over-the-top antics and celebrations. We like that kind of stuff here; but we like this kind of stuff even more:
In September 2008, against the Los Angeles Galaxy, Espindola went offside. But he didn't care. The rules of the game don't apply to him. He marched right on in, and scored anyway. Before the offical could wave off the goal, an ecstatic Espindola wanted to prove yet again that he could so do a proper backflip. So he threw one down.
He landed awkwardly on Vicotria Bechkam's left implant, severely spraining his ankle and effectively ensuring his backflipping days were over for at least 8 weeks. As he lay in agony on the field, he could at least take solace in the fact that he had just scored............
I would've paid money to see his face when they told him the goal didn't even count.
For the excessiveness of the celebration, the fact that he was injured significantly, and the fact the goal didn't even count, this one is my favourite.