Swedish born Cameroonian Forward Anthony Elanga Recreates Muhammad Ali’s Iconic Underwater Pose

Swedish born Cameroonian Forward Anthony Elanga Recreates Muhammad Ali’s Iconic Underwater Pose

Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe
updated at April 12, 2023 at 8:05 PM
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  • Anthony Elanga unleashed the Muhammad Ali in him while on a well-deserved summer break, mimicking the boxing legend's 61-year-old underwater pose
  • Currently recharging his batteries ahead of the new season, Elanga would hope to get a look-in under Man United's new boss Erik Ten Hag
  • He established himself as a senior player last season, making over 20 appearances, after coming through from United's famous academy

Manchester United attacker Anthony Elanga has recreated one of the most iconic photos in sports history.

Elanga, who is currently going through his paces in the post-season break, mimicked Muhammad Ali's famous underwater photo back in 1961.

The 20-year-old Manchester United academy graduate had a breakthrough campaign in the just-ended season, making 27 appearances across all competitions and recording three goals.

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Anthony Elanga recreated Muhammad Ali’s famous 61-year-old underwater pose while on vacation. Photo credit: @utdreport
Source: Twitter

He will hope to continue from where he left off in the upcoming 2022-23 season under new manager Erik Ten Hag.

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In a post on Twitter, sighted by Sports Brief, Elanga was captured recreating the underwater pose by the legendary Muhammad Ali.

What was the inspiration behind Ali's iconic photo?

According to Manchester United's official website, "Ali’s now-legendary picture was taken in a Miami swimming pool over 60 years ago by photographer Filip Schulke, who was inspired by the boxer revealing how his trainer had encouraged him to train underwater. The claim was that the resistance acted as a weight.
At the time, Clay was fresh from winning gold at the 1960 Olympics and had registered eight wins as a professional fighter. He wasn’t then the superstar that he became but was nevertheless busy building his profile and, typically, he knew how to attract the media’s attention."

Anthony Elanga returns glory to God after scoring his first goal for Sweden

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that Sweden attacker of Cameroonian descent, Anthony Elanga could not hide his joy after notching his maiden goal for the European country during the UEFA Nations League tie against Norway.

The 20-year-old attacker established himself as a first-team star with Manchester United last season, mustering 27 appearances across all competitions and recording three goals.

Despite being eligible to play for five-time African champions, Cameroon, Elanga opted to represent Sweden at the international level, where he has been able to garner three caps under his belt since earning his debut call-up in March.

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Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe is a Ligue 1, Bundesliga, and La Liga editor with five-year experience. He previously worked with Sports Corna and 360SportsGH.