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Bale goal celebration

Gareth Bale PA

The Welsh wizard says the goal celebration is a tribute to his childhood sweetheart Emma Rhys-Jones. He first used it after scoring in Tottenham's 2-1 win v Arsenal at White Hart Lane in April 2010. "My girlfriend thought it was great," says Bale. So after that the hearty hand gestures have continued as a sign of affection for a young woman about whom the Spurs star rarely talks in public. Teenage pop idol Justin Bieber is a bit off my radar, but apparently he's made the same gesture popular in various parts of the globe. Celebrities including Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Steven Tyler and Milan striker Alexandre Pato are said to be among those seen making the Bieber hand-heart. The days of a firm hand-shake and half-smile after scoring are long gone.

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