He managed to stick the landing, but the celebration was his last contribution to a soccer game.
Maurides, 19, can be forgiven for being excited. He’d been on the field for just eight minutes when he scored his first career goal for Internacional in a 3-1 Copa do Brasil win over America Mineiro. He, as many other players do, opted to mark his goal with a leap:
The 19-year-old sprained his right knee after landing a back flip. The team’s doctor is “optimistic about Maurides’ prospects of recovering from his injury,” the Guardian noted.
Maybe while the teen is resting on the treatment table he’ll give some thought to a less dangerous celebration. However, one guy broke his neck while emulating Jürgen Klinsmann’s famed dive celebration across the grass, so maybe backflips aren’t so bad after all.