Video: Roma star Alessandro Florenzi celebrates goal with his grandmother
Video: Roma's Alessandro Florenzi races into the stands to embrace his grandmother after scoring against Cagliari
Roma midfielder Alessandro Florenzi melted hearts at the Stadio Olimpico on Sunday with one of the most touching goal celebrations you’ll see this season.
The 23-year-old midfielder scored his first Serie A goal of the season to seal a 2-0 victory over Cagliari at the weekend after Mattia Destro had broken the deadlock.
Florenzi raced into the terraces after drilling a low right-footed finish into the net, embracing his grandmother, who was watching her grandson play for the first time.
Of course, Roma supporters have been accustomed to unique goal celebrations from their players, with captain Francesco Totti leading by example.
The former Italy international celebrated his wife’s pregnancy by stuffing the ball under his shirt and lying on his back while his teammates extracted the ball.
Totti, too, is famous for thumb-sucking celebration, believed to be a tribute to his children.
However his wife, Ilary Blasi, revealed that the celebration was dedicated solely to her in 2009.
“Everyone thinks it’s about the children, because children are known for doing these sorts of things with the fingers, however, in this case, it relates to me,” she said.
“I have this defect, which I do with my thumb all the time, so therefore, in reality, Francesco does it for me.”