Michail Antonio marks West Ham record with memorable 'Dirty Dancing' celebration

English forward surpassed Di Canio's record with the first of his two goals against Leicester City

It's not every day that a player becomes his club's all-time record Premier League goalscorer so the moment should be celebrated accordingly.

That is precisely what Michail Antonio did on Monday night when he surpassed Paul Di Canio as West Ham's top-scoring player of the Premier League era. After scoring his 48th top flight goal in the 4-1 win over Leicester City, Antonio grabbed a cardboard cut-out of himself and hoisted it in the air in the style of the famous dance from Dirty Dancing.

"We were talking earlier in the week, and I said 'you know what will be the best celebration? Save The Last Dance'," said Antonio, who also scored his 49th Premier League goal soon after.

"Maybe somebody could pick me up like Baby? But I got a cardboard cut-out and picked that up."

The 31-year-old English forward later admitted he got his movie reference wrong, but that was never going to dampen the celebrations or sense of accomplishment.

Antonio remains some way short of West Ham's all-time record goalscorers, with Vic Watson well out in front with the 298 league goals and 326 in all competitions during the 1920s and 30s, while Geoff Hurst scored 180 league goals and 249 in all competitions. Antonio has 51 goals in all competition for the Hammers.

However, it is still an impressive achievement for a player who has not always been playing as a regular striker. Antonio joined West Ham from Nottingham Forest as a winger in 2015 and was often deployed at right-back, before making his mark as the club's chief goal provider.

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Updated: August 24th 2021, 6:50 AM
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