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Dance like Daniel Sturridge

The former Chelsea and Liverpool striker tells the origin of his celebration

Dance like Daniel Sturridge The former Chelsea and Liverpool striker tells the origin of his celebration

Daniel Sturridge has scored 118 career goals, most in the Premier League with Liverpool (68 in 160 games) and Chelsea (24 in 94 games), the others scattered among national cups, European competitions and the Turkish league. After each goal, Sturridge dances. This dance has perfected over the years, starting from a rudimentary ballet when he was 13-14 years old, up to what everyone knows as Sturridge Dance.

"It's the Sturridge Dance, so let’s get that straight and fine and dandy. Not Wave as FIFA calls it" and Sturridge also emphasizes him in his latest video published on YouTube, a video whose English striker explains by thread and by sign both where his exultation is born and how to do it perfectly, as if it were a tutorial. Becoming iconic with exultations is not easy. Sturridge managed to make a ballet that arises from a Daniel Sturridge situation go viral:

"I celebrated my goals in many ways and if I now look back to when I was 13-14 years old, I realize that I was exulting as Faustino Asprilla and Ian Wright, legendary players who inspired my game. I believe that exultations can tell the your character, they show your personality to people, who you really are, where you come from and what you like to do off the pitch"


From what it was to what it has become over the years, when it left its mark between Chelsea and Liverpool, especially on Anfield Road where perhaps its best version was seen. The origin of an exultation is always difficult to discover, but Daniel opens up to his fans and to the many who imitate him both at an amateur and professional level and explains the genesis of Sturridge Dance:

"Hanging out with my cousins and my friends in my apartment. There was some house music playing, filming us, a couple of drinks flowing, you know. I literally just started doing that move. It wasn’t as smooth, it wasn’t as clean but I was a little bit tipsy and just decided to start moving that way. We all found it hilarious and then I was just like “You know what, if I score, I’ll do it!” I think the very first time I did the dance, we played Man United in the Carling Cup at Stamford Bridge when I was playing for Chelsea"

Before starting with the actual tutorial, Sturridge reflects on who before him has become iconic and how actually exultation is a way to show something of himself:

"Alan Shearer has an iconic celebration, everybody knows the hand in the air. Robbie Keane did the roll and cartwheel and all that stuff. So there’s loads of celebrations out there that I feel are iconic. I’m honoured by it because I didn’t expect it to last this long. I’m really honoured and want to thank the fans for letting me have a celebration go down as one of the best in the game"