Michail Antonio became West Ham United’s record goal scorer in the Premier League on Monday night and made a late stay when Hammers beat Leicester City 4-1 at London Stadium.
The striker scored two sensational goals to secure three points for West Ham. The first saw him blow the ball past Kasper Schmeichel after a nice turn and turn to avoid the Leicester defense, before hitting the ball over his head and tapping it past the Dane for his second a few minutes later.
These goals take Antonio to 49 in the Premier League for West Ham – now two of club legend Paolo Di Canio. After breaking the record, Antonio celebrated with a cardboard stop of his own.
Antonio, widely known for his iconic festivities, was seen talking to Darren Randolph on the bench before the match, which apparently warned him that he planned to use a prop behind the excavation if he was to score. He explained the story of the suspension on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football.
“So basically I have to do [an iconic celebration] for the record, and I have not celebrated so much lately because of VAR. But because it was for history, I thought “I have to make it special,” Antonio explained.
“I started with [iconic] celebration, I have to end it with celebration. “
Antonio then asked hosts David Jones and expert Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher if they understood the reference behind the celebration, but neither of them could understand it – although Carragher put forward the idea that Antonio had not kissed anyone for a while.
“‘Save the last dance’!” Said Antonio, referring to the dance film of 2001. “Do you not remember the lift at the end of” Save The Last Dance “?”
Antonio admitted that he might still have been embarrassed if VAR had really ruled it out, but it was worth it because the moment gave him great joy. You and all of us, Michail.