Bafetimbi Gomis Scares The Living Daylights Out Of Ballboy With 'Panther Walk' Celebration

In terms of iconic celebrations, Bafetimbi Gomis' legendary 'Panther Walk' is definitely up there with the very best, although a young ball boy from Saudi Arabia may tell you otherwise.

Gomis, who currently plays for Saudi Pro League leaders Al-Hilal, scored in their 2-0 win over Al-Ittihad on Thursday afternoon and as always, he got on his knees and imitated the animal.

The former Swansea striker then decided it was a good idea to walk towards the ball boy, who looked like he'd just seen a ghost.

Moments later he ran as fast as he possibly could away from Gomis and well, it produced this priceless moment.

After the final whistle, the 33-year-old went to find the petrified ball boy.

Gomis handed him his match shirt in a great gesture, and the lad looked delighted with his souvenir from the game, despite having the living crap scared out of him earlier on.

The kid even posed for Snapchat videos after the full-time whistle, recreating the iconic celebration.

So, what is the true meaning behind the 'Panther Walk'?

It reportedly originates from his days with Ligue 1 side AS Saint-Etienne, the club he started his youth career with.

Gomis wanted to pay tribute to one of Saint-Etienne's greatest players, Salif Keita, who scored 125 goals in 149 appearances for the French club.

Keita's nickname was "The Black Panther" so the celebration was born, and a number of players performed the traditional celebration, including the French striker.


Jack Kenmare

Jack Kenmare is a writer at SPORTbible. He's interviewed some huge names in the world of sport, including Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Pele, Carles Puyol and Tim Henman. He dabbles in all things sport, but football is his biggest passion. He was once hit in the head by a wayward strike from Nicky Butt and lived to tell the tale.

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