5 strange injuries footballers suffered celebrating including finger ripped off

Celebrating a goal is supposed to be a moment of pure joy and exhilaration, but sometimes things can go badly wrong.

Most goal celebrations are harmless, think Alan Shearer's one-handed salute or Cristiano Ronaldo's iconic 'Siuuuu' gesture.

But some carry a greater risk of danger and have even resulted in players missing months at a time through injury.

Former Portsmouth forward Lomana Lua Lua spent time on the sidelines after injuring his foot while doing his trademark somersault against Arsenal in 2006.

Daily Star Sport are looking back at five more players who suffered slightly stranger injuries as a result of their post-goalscoring exuberance.

Steve Morrow

Poor old Steve Morrow. The Arsenal man was the hero in the 1993 League Cup Final after scoring the winner against Sheffield Wednesday at Wembley, but that elation didn't last for very long.

When the final whistle went, Gunners captain Tony Adams attempted to lift the goalscoring hero on to his shoulders, but only succeeded in dropping him to the turf.

Morrow sustained a broken arm in the incident and was rushed to hospital with an oxygen mask on as his team-mates collected the cup that he had won.

Not only did he miss the medal presentation, he was also forced to sit out of the following month's FA Cup final, which Arsenal also won.

Have you ever seen a football injure themselves after scoring a goal? Let us know in the comments section below.

Paulo Diogo

Those of a squeamish disposition, look away now. While playing for Swiss side Servette in 2004, Paulo Diogo celebrating his assist for Jean Beausejour by scaling a metal fence which separated players from supporters.

As he returned to the pitch, Diogo failed to realise that his wedding ring was caught on the railing, and as he jumped from the fence, part of his finger was torn off.

To add insult to literal injury, he was then booked for what the referee perceived to be excessive time-wasting, having failed to see what had happened to the star's finger.

Diogo's finger could not be sewn back on and doctors were forced to amputate what remained of the digit.

Martin Palermo

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Villarreal star Martin Palermo missed the 2002 World Cup after celebrating a goal in the Copa del Rey.

The striker scored a goal in extra-time against Levante and ran off to celebrate with fans when things took an ugly turn.

Incredibly, a small concrete wall collapsed on top of him and broke his tibia and fibula, putting him out for six months.

He returned from injury the following season, but it was too late to save his World Cup dream.

Celestine Babayaro

Plenty of players have picked up injuries while attempting to do an elaborate celebration, but not many do it on their debut.

Step forward Celestine Babayaro. The £2.25million defender broke his leg while doing a somersault celebration during a pre-season fixture against Stevenage not long after joining Chelsea in 1997.

He made his competitive debut several months later in a UEFA Cup Winners' Cup tie against Slovan Bratislava.


It's not clear whether Cameroonian striker Joel actually suffered an injury after his celebration against Sao Paolo in 2014, but it's too good a moment to leave out.

After finding the back of the net for Coritiba, Joel ran over to the side of the pitch and leapt over the advertising hoardings before disappearing like Houdini.

Unfortunately for the current Maritimo man, no-one told him there was a hole in the floor covered by flags, which he duly fell down.

The good news is that he got back up, albeit looking slightly confused.

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