Aussie soccer superstar Sam Kerr’s iconic goal celebration is immortalised at Chelsea’s famous Stamford Bridge ground – after the club tried to stop her from performing the stunning move
- Chelsea put up new signage of Aussie star’s signature goal celebration
- The acrobatic striker only brings out the iconic move after important goals
- The accolade comes just weeks after Kerr was nominated for the Ballon d’Or
Sam Kerr’s famous back-flipping goal celebration has been immortalised at Chelsea’s world-famous Stamford Bridge stadium.
In the latest accolade in what has been a stellar year for both club and country for the Matildas captain, Chelsea has put up new signage of the 28-year-old performing the move on the outside of their home ground.
The sign has been unveiled just a couple of weeks after Kerr was nominated for the women’s Ballon d’Or – football’s greatest individual honour.
New signage at Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge shows Sam Kerr and her iconic goal celebration in yet another big accolade for the Aussie
Kerr first started backflipping when she was just nine years old – and Chelsea tried to stop her performing the acrobatic move when she scored
This is the fourth time the talented Australian has been nominated, finishing third in last year’s voting.
Kerr has had an incredible 2022, which saw her win the Women’s Super League title with Chelsea and claim the Golden Boot as the competition’s top scorer.
The superstar has also won a number of other honours including the Best International Athlete In Women’s Soccer for the third time at the ESPYS, and the Football Writers Association Women’s Footballer of the Year.
Kerr had a record-breaking year in the green and gold, too, becoming Australia’s all-time leading goal scorer in February when she surpassed Tim Cahill’s record of 50 during the Asian Cup.
The striker also became the first female footballer to feature on the cover of a global version of the wildly popular FIFA video game last month.
Kerr’s iconic celebration was first developed when the acrobatic Aussie was aged nine and living in Perth – where she taught herself to do a roundoff backflip.
‘It is kind of a spur-of-the-moment thing,’ she said in a FIFA interview.
Kerr has had an incredible season for both club and country and has been nominated for the women’s Ballon d’Or for the fourth time
Kerr (pictured playing for the Matildas against New Zealand in April) leapfrogged Tim Cahill to become Australia’s all-time top goal scorer this year
‘When it is a big match, or a big goal, it seems to happen. People always ask me when I’m going to do it and I never know. It is just pure emotion.’
When Kerr signed with Chelsea in November 2019 she was warned against doing her signature move. And she kept a lid on it for her first 16 months with the Blues – but couldn’t restrain herself after scoring a hattrick against Bristol City in 2021.
Blues’ manager Emma Hayes knew the backflip was coming back sooner of later.
‘I’m shaking my head because I’ve waited 12 months for that,’ Hayes said after the celebration. ‘She could’ve given me a heads up. The second half of the flip was very sloppy. It would’ve been a 4.0 at the Olympics.’
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