Proof That Neymar Did the Mbappé Goal Celebration First

It seems like everyone is doing the Kylian Mbappé goal celebration these days.

You know the one I’m talking about. The crossed arms, thumbs up, hands under armpit celebration has become the Frenchman’s signature celebration and has been copied by footballers and athletes across Europe.

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The celebration, as reported by L’Equipe (via Daily Mail), originated from Mbappé’s brother, Ethan, while the two were playing the FIFA video game on a Playstation. Or did it.

On the subreddit /r/PSG, one user pointed out that Neymar Jr. was the first one to perform the celebration back in 2013 in a UEFA Champions League match between FC Barcelona and Celtic FC. At the time, Mbappé was 15-years-old and recently made the move from AS Bondy to the AS Monaco youth team.

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Now, do I think Neymar remembers this? Probably not. The Brazilian often changes his celebration to signal something to his family and friends or to simply express what he’s feeling at the time.

Of course, it goes without saying that there is no competition between Neymar and Mbappé and the Frenchman has said as much this season. Both players genuinely enjoy playing on the same team together and are friends off of the pitch.

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