8 new celebrations we'd love to see in FIFA 18

From Cristiano Ronaldo thinking to Danny Welbeck's liberal seasoning, Fraser Gilbert serves up a selection of celebrations that deserve inclusion in EA's FIFA 18

The concept of user-controlled celebrations first appeared in EA Sports’ FIFA 09. The popular feature has since grown to incorporate an ever-expanding set of animations, with last year’s game introducing such popular choices as the dab and Antoine Griezmann’s Hotline Bling.

FIFA 18’s September release is just around the corner, and it won’t be long until we find out which celebrations have made the cut. As a result, we’ve taken this opportunity to detail eight celebrations we’d particularly like to see, with the game’s recent E3 unveiling suggesting we’ll definitely be getting at least one of them.

1. ‘Salt Bae’

First originating from a Turkish chef’s Instagram page, the ‘salt bae’ has since been sported by Danny Welbeck, Omer Toprak and Hakan Calhanoglu, among others.

The original video shows a chef flamboyantly sprinkling salt onto sliced meat, and his unique style quickly amassed the video two million views within its first 48 hours on the net. It’s an outlandish celebration, making it the perfect victory dance for FIFA 18’s online competitors.

2. ‘The Thinker’

Cristiano Ronaldo’s ‘thinking’ celebration debuted in the Madrid derby last year, instantly setting the internet ablaze with discussion. Closely resembling Auguste Rodin’s The Thinker sculpture, the crouched pose recently made a brief appearance in FIFA 18’s E3 trailer, practically guaranteeing it’ll make its way into the final release.

As the game’s cover star, expect Ronaldo’s new celebration to be adopted by an array of online players.

3. Taking off the shirt

It’s a yellow card offence in real life, but that hasn’t deterred many of the world’s stars from stripping off for the cause. And what the hell, we'll take the booking. 

While this is a feature that might prove tough to implement in EA Sports’ generally law-abiding game, there’s no doubt it’d make a great addition.

Firmino

Does this man look like he cares about yellow cards?

4. Celebrate with the fans

For years, FIFA’s crowds have suffered a certain disconnect from the rest of the in-game action. FIFA 18 looks set to buck this trend with the addition of crowd-based celebrations, as confirmed in our recent hands-on with the game.

Now, you’ll actually be able to run to the advertising hoardings and celebrate with the fans as they surge to bask in your collective glory.

Juan Mata

Proof that the fans Mata