Carlos Tevez and 10 players who WOULDN'T celebrate goals against their old club
Carlos Tevez last night abandoned his former policy of not celebrating against his old clubs.
The little Argentinian dynamo refused to go wild following his two goals for City against West Ham earlier in the season, but he had no compunction about celebrating his two strikes against Manchester United at Eastlands yesterday.
Manchester City players seem to be making something of a habit of it all this season - Emmanuel Adebayor was only too keen to rejoice after scoring against Arsenal in September - but not all former players feel the need to rub it in after netting against their former employers.
Here, MirrorFootball presents the top 10 stars who just couldn't celebrate scoring against their old team...
10) Craig Bellamy (Newcastle v Norwich)
Tevez's Eastlands team-mate refused to get carried away after scoring for the Toon in August 2004 against the club where he began in his career. In his post-match interview, the narky Welshman said he could never celebrate scoring against the Canaries as he owed so much to the club.
9) Rio Ferdinand (Leeds v West Ham)
In April 2001, Rio couldn't bring himself to jump up and down after scoring for Leeds in a 2-0 defeat of his former club at Upton Park, six months after he'd left the Hammers for Elland Road. Instead, the England midfielder walked back to his own half without acknowledging the goal.
8) Kevin Phillips (Aston Villa v Sunderland)
The one-time idol of the Stadium Of Light didn't celebrate when he headed home the opening goal in a 3-1 win for Villa on his return to Wearside in 2005, a defeat that helped condemn his old club to relegation from the Premier League.
7) David Villa (Valencia v Sporting Gijon)
The Spanish superstar remains a massive fan of Sporting, the club where he started his stellar career, and refused to celebrate when he scored a penalty against them in April 2009. Instead, he put his hands together to plead forgiveness. And he did it again when he scored twice against them last week, too.
6) James Beattie (Everton v Southampton)
The former Saints striker didn't show any elation after marking his return to St Mary's in February 2005 by volleying home the opening goal for Everton in a 2-2 draw. Beattie had left Southampton to join the Blues just weeks before.
5) Phil Neville (Everton v Manchester United)
The Everton skipper maintained a dignified demeanour in front of the United fans at Wembley, even though he had just dispatched the penalty that put the Blues into the FA Cup final and defeated his old club – and brother Gary – in the semi-final last May. "You don't celebrate in front of people who have helped you in your career," he explained, "but inside I was burning."
4) Gary McAllister (Liverpool v Coventry)
The inspirational Scottish midfielder helped to seal his former club's relegation with a brilliant curling 30-yard free-kick in a 2-0 win for Liverpool in April 2001. But instead of cavorting with his team-mates, McAllister slowly made his way back to his own half with his head bowed.
3) Jermain Defoe (Portsmouth v Tottenham)
In September 2008, Defoe decided not to celebrate in front of the Spurs fans packed into Fratton Park's Milton End, after scoring a penalty for Pompey against the club he'd left eight months earlier. Not long after, to absolutely nobody's surprise, Defoe moved back to White Hart Lane.
2) Nicolas Anelka (Chelsea v Arsenal)
Le Sulk he may be, but Nic proved he has a touch of class when he declined to celebrate his goal in front of the Gunners faithful during a 4-1 win against his former club at the Emirates in May 2009.
1) Denis Law (Manchester City v Manchester City)
The Old Trafford legend famously refused to celebrate his last-minute cheeky backheel for City in April 1974, which looked like it had relegated his beloved United (they'd have gone down anyway, as it turned out, but he didn't know that). Instead of the usual cuff-clutching arm aloft celebration, Denis just trooped off the pitch in bitter contemplation of what had just happened.
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