Manchester United keeper David de Gea’s strange superstition has been exposed.
And it’s something close to home for the Spaniard – as he watches his teammates score every time he touches his crossbar.
De Gea was caught on camera giving some love to the woodwork after he scored each of three goals in his Europa League win against Atalanta on Wednesday.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side were down 2-0 at the break, and booed.
But Marcus Rashford brought the hosts back into the game with a fine finish in 58 minutes.
De Gea was seen calmly walking towards his target before tapping the crossbar.
The 30-year-old celebrated even more when Harry Maguire showed a striker-like instinct to beat the leveler at home.
And when Cristiano Ronaldo emerged the winner in the 81st minute, he was very excited.
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Before remembering to give something back to the crossbar, De Gea happily raised his arms as he punched in the air.
Of course, footballers and superstitions are nothing new.
Ronaldo has a few habits of his own, including walking out of the tunnel when he goes into play, and when stepping onto the pitch, he puts his right foot on the turf before leaping into heaven.
The superstition of teammate Phil Jones is really surprising.
Whether the Red Devils are playing at home or outside will depend on which sock he puts on first.
Gareth Bale prefers to pierce his socks before stepping on the pitch because he believes it avoids compression on his calf muscles.
Former Chelsea star John Terry revealed that he has about 50 superstitions, including sitting in the same spot on the team bus, listening to the same Usher album, and parking the same spot in the car park.
Terry also had a lucky pair of shin-pads he’s been wearing for ten seasons.
Former Arsenal man Mesut Ozil prepares for matches by repeatedly tying several knots in his shoe.
He also insists on putting on the right boot first.
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