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Moments from football history that look like Renaissance paintings


Frank Lampard celebrating a goal following the death of his mother – alongside the Virgin Mary holding Christ’s lifeless body in Sandro Botticelli’s ‘Pity’

There’s an image doing the rounds likening a brawl in the Ukrainian Parliament to a Renaissance painting. Inspired by that, and a tweet by Dan Sully comparing the above photo of a disconsolate Frank Lampard to an Italian masterpiece, we’ve put together some iconic moments from football history that recall Renaissance art and masterpieces from other classic periods.

Wayne Rooney celebrating his bicycle kick against Manchester City / Wolf Huber’s ‘The Crucifixion’:

Wayne Rooney


Gary Lineker warning the England bench about Gazza’s tears during the 1990 World Cup semi-final / Titian’s ‘The Woman at the Mirror’:


Gareth Bale doing his silly heart celebration / Sandro Botticelli’s ‘Portrait of a Youth with a Medal’:

Bale and Botticelli


Ryan Giggs and Paul Ince celebrating / Michelangelo’s ‘The Creation of Adam’:

Giggs and Ince


Daniel Sturridge’s gangly dance / Caravaggio’s ‘Amor Vincit Omnia’:



Martin Keown aggressively celebrating a Ruud van Nistelrooy penalty miss / Goya’s ‘Saturn Devouring His Son’:



Arjen Robben diving / The lifeless body of Christ being carried away in Rogier van der Weyden’s The Descent from the Cross:



And finally… Paul Scholes accidentally showing off Paul Scholes Jnr / Annibale Carracci’s ‘A Cherub Carrying Flowers’: