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.
Bafetimbi Gomis scaring away a kid with his lion celebration :joy: pic.twitter.com/lG7Dl4qQnm- Marwan Ahmed (@MarwanAhmed_KF) February 21, 2019
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.
Thank you gomis, this the result of what you have done:clap::clap::clap: pic.twitter.com/UX0O1unEim- :flag_sa::flag_sa:ابو ياسر :flag_sa::flag_sa: (@abuyaser0001) February 21, 2019
Bafetimbi Gomis scared the life out of this ball boy last night after celebrating his goal for Al-Hilal.- Mozo Football (@MozoSports) February 22, 2019
He apologised by giving the young boy his shirt at the end of the game.
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.