THE World Cup saw lots of brilliant celebrations – from Cristiano Ronaldo scratching his ‘G.O.A.T.’ beard to French president Emmanuel Macron dabbing with the winning players.
But no celebration proved more popular than the simple ‘love heart’.
16 Neymar was one of more than a dozen players to celebrate with a love heart Credit: Getty – Contributor
16 Angel Di Maria was another – doing the celebration after his rocket against France in the last-16 Credit: Reuters
16 But later in the same game Benjamin Pavard did the celebration after his brilliant goal for eventual winners France Credit: AFP or licensors
More than a dozen players were seen making the gesture in Russia.
Stars from around the world couldn’t help but make sure their loved ones in the crowd – and watching at home – knew they were thinking of them.
From Colombia to Iceland and Morocco, it didn’t matter which continent players were from, cupping fingers together to form a heart shape was seen throughout the tournament.
Brazilian players were definitely keen on the celebration with four Samba Boys spotted doing it in Russia.
16 The celebration proved massively popular in the Brazil squad – Thiago Silva doing it after the last-16 win against Mexico Credit: Getty Images – Getty
16 Willian did it after scoring against Serbia in the group stage Credit: Getty – Contributor
16 Roberto Firmino did it after scoring against Mexico – as did Neymar Credit: Getty – Contributor
Both Neymar and Roberto Firmino did it after scoring against Mexico in the last-16 match, while Selecao skipper Thiago Silva also did it at the end of the match.
Chelsea winger Willian had earlier done the celebration after scoring in the group game against Serbia.
The love heart was also popular in Tunisia, with Ferjani Sassi doing it after scoring a penalty against England and Wahbi Khazri celebrating his goal against Panama with the celebration.
Panama players had also seen the celebration used against them in their first game against Belgium.
16 Tunisia midfielder Ferjani Sassi celebrated with a love heart after scoring a penalty against England Credit: Reuters
16 Fellow Tunisian Wahbi Kazri also did the celebration, against Panama Credit: Getty Images – Getty
Dries Mertens did it after his stunning volley broke the deadlock for the eventual semi-finalists against the Central Americans.
Peru’s Andre Carillo did it against Australia and Morocco’s Youssef En Nesyri after thinking he’d scored the winner in the 2-2 draw with Spain.
Five days earlier, Morocco had seen the celebration used against them by Portugal defender Jose Fonte, after a 1-0 defeat.
Colombia’s Yerry Mina did the celebration after his late equaliser against England in the last-16… but thankfully it was to no avail as Gareth Southgate’s heroes eventually won on penalties.
16 Colombia’s Yerry Mina did it after scoring a late equaliser against England… but the Three Lions went on to win a famous penalty shootout Credit: AFP
16 Peru’s Andre Carrillo did it after a group stage goal against Australia Credit: Getty – Contributor
16 Morrocan Youssef En Nesyri did it after thinking he’d scored a late winner against Spain Credit: AP:Associated Press
16 Portugal defender Jose Fonte was spotted doing it against Morocco Credit: Getty – Contributor
16 Belgium’s Dries Mertens celebrated his beautiful volley against Panama with a love heart Credit: Getty – Contributor
16 Alfred Finnbogason celebrated his Iceland goal against Argentina with the goal Credit: PA:Press Association
16 Cristiano Ronaldo grew a beard and stroked his chin – a reference to his ‘G.O.A.T’ status Credit: Alamy Live News
16 Jesse Lingard was one of a number of players to take inspiration from popular video game Fortnite Credit: AP:Associated Press
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The celebration will likely bring back bad memories for Argentina, however.
Alfred Finmbogasson did it in Iceland’s 1-1 draw against Jorge Sampaoli’s team.
Angel Di Maria then did one of his own in the last-16 clash against France, after scoring one of the best goals of the tournament.
But Lionel Messi and Co then saw it used against them just 20 minutes later, as France right-back Benjamin Pavard celebrated an even better goal by doing the love heart.
No England players did the celebration – they were too busy copying moves from video game Fortnite.
No surprise there, as the Three Lions
clocked up thousands of hours playing the game during the tournament.