Copycat: Japanese striker mimics Mario Balotelli’s muscle rippling goal celebration
Imitation is the greatest form of flattery and it’s never more entertaining than when you are imitating Mr Mario Balotelli. On Saturday a honourable homage to the Italian’s muscle clenching celebration against Germany was provided by Ken Tokura in the J-League.
The Vissel Kobe forward bagged the winner against Kawasaki Frontale by sauntering in to the last third and burying a sumptuous curler from 35 yards out. A goal worthy of our mention, irrespective of the forthcoming glorious mimic.
After wheeling away in ecstasy, Tokura ripped off his shirt and assumed the now iconic Balotelli position – alone, topless and channeling every ounce of energy in to his pulsating pecs and assorted abdominals.
Where Tokura wins top marks for technical merit is his expressionless face during the mesmeric mirroring of the Manchester City maverick. He captures Mario’s aloof attitude to a tee.
OTP thoroughly enjoys transferring celebrations we see on the box to the humble amateur football parks (the Roger Milla corner flag grind being our favourite), but we’ll have to draw the line at this one – a wobbly belly and skinny arms don’t quite do the epic celebration justice. Thankfully Tokura did.