Joao Felix: Barcelona Star Explains Why He Borrowed Jude Bellingham’s Celebration Against Atletico

Joao Felix: Barcelona Star Explains Why He Borrowed Jude Bellingham’s Celebration Against Atletico

Edwin Kiplagat
updated at December 4, 2023 at 3:45 PM
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  • Joao Felix scored Barcelona's winning goal against Atletico Madrid
  • He copied Jude Bellingham's celebration, which got the fans talking
  • Felix joined Barcelona on loan from Atletico Madrid in the summer

Joao Felix came back to haunt Atletico Madrid when he scored against them for Barcelona on Sunday in La Liga.

The Portuguese forward, who is on loan from Atletico, scored in the 28th for La Blaugrana, which turned out to be the winning goal.

After the game, his celebration was the main talking point and Felix gave an explanation after the game.

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Joao Felix scored for Barcelona against Atletico Madrid and copied Jude Bellingham's celebration. Photos by Joao Felix (Instagram) and David S. Bustamante/Soccrates.
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The build-up to the match was dominated by Felix, who was meeting his parent club for the first time since joining Barcelona in the summer.

He's made a solid start to his Barca career, and his ex-teammates from Atletico have made some controversial comments about the 24-year-old.

On Sunday, though, he had the last laugh against his ex-teammates as Barcelona took all three points, per 90min.

The ex-Benfica star still remains one of the most expensive players in history, but his time at Atletico was indifferent.

A few months ago, he irked Atletico fans when he said that his 'dream' was to play for Barcelona, and it is unclear if he will return to Madrid.

Felix on using Bellingham's celebration

Speaking after the game, he explained why he copied the celebration synonymous with Real Madrid superstar, Jude Bellingham.

"People have been talking about me all week, but I don't pay attention to that. I'm just doing my job. I don't care what people say, I work every day to become better. The celebration was spontaneous. It was a release of what I had been through last summer. It was for my family," he said via GOAL.

Bellingham has taken La Liga by storm, but his performances are not the only thing catching the eye of fans all over the world. His now famous celebration has become a phenomenon.

Barcelona boss, Xavi Hernandez said he would love for the Catalan giants to sign Felix permanently but declined to explain the player's celebration.

In 17 games this season, the Portuguese youngster has five goals and three assists and has been one of Barca's best players, per Transfermarkt.

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Joao Felix makes Atletico pay

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that Joao Felix's superb dinked finish earned Barcelona a vital win over Atletico in the La Liga title race.

On loan at Barca from Atletico, the Portuguese forward made no secret of his pleasure to escape the Spanish capital in the summer.

Felix was criticised by some Atletico players ahead of the game and Barca coach, Xavi called on him to use them as his inspiration.

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Edwin Kiplagat has five years of experience in journalism working as a Sports Editor at Africa Insight Communications and ESPN. Edwin Kiplagat is a Bachelor's Degree holder in journalism from the Multimedia University of Kenya.