Australian rules football superstar Sam Kerr’s iconic goal celebration is immortalized at Chelsea’s famous Stamford Bridge ground – after the club tried to stop him making the stunning move
- Chelsea have put up new signage of the Australian star’s 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 backwards goal celebration was immortalized at Chelsea’s famous Stamford Bridge stadium.
In the latest accolade in what has been a bumper year for club and country for the Matildas captain, Chelsea have put in place new signage for the 28-year-old making the move away from his home.
The sign was unveiled just weeks after Kerr’s appointment for the Women’s Ballon d’Or, the highest individual honor in football.
New signage at Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge shows Sam Kerr and his iconic goal celebration in another big accolade for the Aussie
Kerr started doing backflips when she was just nine – and Chelsea tried to stop her from performing the acrobatic move when she scored
This is the fourth time the talented Aussie has been nominated, finishing third in last year’s vote.
Kerr has had an incredible 2022, which has seen her win the Women’s Super League title with Chelsea and win the Golden Boot as the competition’s top scorer.
The superstar has also won a number of other accolades, including the ESPYS’ Best International Women’s Football Athlete award for the third time and the Football Writers Association’s Women’s Footballer of the Year.
Kerr also enjoyed a banner year in the green and gold, becoming Australia’s all-time leading goalscorer in February when she surpassed Tim Cahill’s record 50 at the Asian Cup.
The striker also became the first female footballer to feature on the cover of a global version of the hugely popular FIFA video game last month.
Kerr’s signature celebration was first developed when the acrobatic Aussie was nine years old and living in Perth – where she learned to do a rounded backflip.
“It’s a bit of a spur of the moment,” she said in an interview with FIFA.
Kerr has had an incredible season for club and country and was nominated for the Women’s Ballon d’Or for the fourth time
Kerr (pictured playing for the Matildas against New Zealand in April) overtook Tim Cahill to become Australia’s all-time leading goalscorer this year
“When it’s a big game, or a big goal, it seems to happen.” People always ask me when I’m going to do it and I never know. It’s just pure emotion.
When Kerr signed with Chelsea in November 2019, she was warned against her signing move. And she stayed the course in her first 16 months with the Blues – but couldn’t hold back after scoring a hat-trick against Bristol City in 2021.
Blues manager Emma Hayes knew the backflip would come back sooner or later.
“I’m shaking my head because I’ve waited 12 months for this,” Hayes said after the celebration. She could have warned me. The second half of the flip was very sloppy. It would have been a 4.0 at the Olympics.