Tuesday Sep 26, 2017. 15:00
Franck Kessie’s trademark goal celebration is performed in honour of his late father, the Ivory Coast star has revealed.
The AC Milan midfielder performs a military-style salute whenever he scores, and he has now explained that is is a tribute to his father who passed away when the player was just a boy of 11.
Kessie said of his celebration: "Dad was a footballer, then he became a soldier but he died of illness: I was 11. The military act is for him," as per Serie A TIM on Twitter.
Kessie joined Milan from Atalanta ahead of the 2017/18 season, signing a two-year loan deal (the Rossoneri have an obligation to buy him outright).
The Elephants midfielder, who is often described as the ‘new Yaya Youre’, has scored two Serie A goals this season and will be looking to add to his tally when Milan host Roma this weekend.