Absolutely nobody can celebrate like me: Milla

Hips dont lie

Milla, whose corner-flag dance routine was as famous as his goals for Cameroon when they reached the 1990 quarterfinals, has kept a close eye on the modern generation's celebrations. There have been plenty to enjoy at this tournament -- from hosts Bafana Bafana's 'Diski dance' to Germany striker Miroslav Klose's somersault and Wesley Sneijder's ecstatic tapping of his bald pate after a rare headed goal for Netherlands.

"If I had to pick one, it would be the South Africans. I really liked it because it was a group dance," Milla said of the locals' exultant routine, heading and kicking an imaginary ball, when they opened the tournament with a goal against Mexico. "Sneijder's was funny too but it was not a celebration in the pure sense. Klose's too was good, but not a dance like mine," the former Cameroon striker said.

Ghana's Asamoah Gyan started a good dance routine after one of his goals, before being thwarted by team-mates, Milla added. "Gyan's was looking really good but the players fell on him and stopped him. What a shame!"  Milla expects a tight World Cup final on Sunday, with Spain likely to edge it against the Netherlands. But could either European team celebrate as well as him? "Absolutely nobody can do it like me," he said, laughing.

"Mine was the first one, totally improvised. You need natural rhythm, movement of the hips. It is all about spontaneity, and it has to be personal, your own thing. Of course, you also have to score a goal first, don't forget!"

"You have to emphasise the beauty and the happiness around football. That's why players should use their goal celebrations to give back the love to the fans," he said.  Only one of Africa's six teams, Ghana, progressed beyond the first round at the continent's first World Cup.  "I was hoping for more from Africa."

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