Folarin Balogun has revealed that his goal celebration during the Ligue 1 meeting between Paris Saint-Germain and Stade de Reims on Sunday night was in honor of Thierry Henry.
Henry scored a club record 228 goals in 376 appearances during his eight years as a Gunners player.
Against the Parisians, Balogun rescued a point in the sixth minute of second-half stoppage time when he latched on to a pass from Kamory Doumbia and slotted the ball into the net.
Balogun was seen chatting with Henry at the stadium before kick-off against PSG, and explained that his goal celebration was a tribute to the Frenchman.
The Hale End Academy graduate paid tribute to Henry by holding the corner flag after finding the net.
Speaking to Amazon Prime via Paris Fans, Balogun said: “Yeah, it’s a crazy night for my team and me. Coming here, we were on a good streak and we wanted to keep it going. Like you said, it’s a special night. for me and my family.
“I spoke to Thierry before the game and tried to follow his advice. I am very happy that I was able to score today”.
In celebration of the goal, he said: “Before the game, I told myself that we have to do this. If I scored a goal tonight, I had to celebrate with respect to Thierry Henry.’
His strike against Paris Saint-Germain took Balogun’s tally to eleven goals from nineteen Ligue 1 appearances – a goal every 121 minutes.
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