Soccer player injures himself celebrating first career goal

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.

A YouTube clip of Maurides’ unfortunate injury is stuck at 301 views, a sure sign the video is going viral. 

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.

H/T Reddit | Photo via 103greatgoals/YouTube

Kris Holt

Kris Holt

Based in Montreal, Kris Holt has been writing about technology and web culture since 2010. He writes for Engadget and Tech News World, and his byline has also appeared in Paste, Salon, International Business Times, Mashable, and elsewhere.