Napoli star Marek Hamsik surprised football fans overnight after channeling a retired Australian great to celebrate his 100th Serie A goal.
Sitting in second place on the table and chasing Juventus for the title, Napoli were level at 1-1 against Torino when the Slovakian international came off the bench in the 69th minute.
Two minutes later Hamsik was the toast of Stadio San Paolo.
The 30-year-old received the ball 20 yards out, took a touch with his right foot and then half-volleyed the ball into the top corner to put Napoli ahead.
But his celebration, or lack thereof, for such a crucial goal – and a milestone one, at that – shocked viewers and even the local commentators.
Hamisk stopped almost on the spot and let his teammates surround him.
The reason why was clear after the game, and it was all to do with Socceroos legend Mark Bresciano.
“I celebrated Bresciano style,” he said, which finished 2-2 to all but end Napoli’s title hopes with two games remaining.
“He celebrated every goal that way … It was a nice goal, I liked it.”
Bresciano played in Italy for more than a decade, spending nine years in Serie A with Parma, Palermo and Lazio.
His celebration was so iconic over there that fans anointed him ‘La Statua’.
And Australian supporters will recall he broke it out more than once for the Socceroos.
The most memorable occasion, of course, came after he scored in the momentous 2006 World Cup playoff against Uruguay in November 2005.