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World Cup Traditions – Goal Celebration
The 38-year-old Cameroon striker, Roger Milla’s post-goal wiggle at the corner post became a memorable image of the 1990 World Cup. He sprinted to the corner flag and raised one hand while holding his waist with the other and shook his hips to the sound of the crowd before dropping to his knees in delight! Milla scored four goals in the tournament and celebrated each goal with his now legendary corner flag dance. He is the father of a tradition that when a team scored a goal they would dance.
King of the World Cup 1990 in Italy
Roger Milla, a Cameroonian former football forward, was born Albert Roger Mooh Miller, on May 20, 1952 at Yaounde the capital of Cameroon. He was one of the first African players to be a major star on the international stage. He played in three World Cups for the Cameroon national team.
Roger Milla at 38 was the star of the Cameroon team of 1990, scoring four goals as they became the first African team to reach the Quarter Finals of the World Cup.
The legendary Roger Milla is the oldest goalscorer in World Cup history, and the only African to have played in three finals tournaments. He was 42 when he scored against Russia in the 1994 World Cup.
Now 58 years old, Roger Milla is an ambassador and a champion for African causes. Inspired by the first World Cup in Africa, the Cameroonian legend has teamed up with FIFA to establish the United Against Malaria campaign, which aims to end Malaria deaths in Africa by 2015.
He was honored twice as the African Footballer of the Year in 1976, and 1990.
In 2004, FIFA, football’s international governing body, named the electric Milla one of the FIFA 100, a list of the “greatest living footballers.”
In 2006, the Confederation of African Football named him the Best African Player of the last 50 years.
He was named one of the 125 greatest living football players in 2004 by the legendary Brazilian football player Pelé.
Roger Milla – World Cup 1990
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