Inter Milan midfielder Hernanes has described his trademark celebration after scoring both goals in a 2-1 win against his former club Lazio as “the saddest backflip” of his career.
Hernanes claims what he called the “unfortunate somersault” was in response to criticism from Lazio President Claudio Lotito and reportedly told Sky Sport Italia:
It was the saddest backflip of my career. I didn’t want to upset or disrespect the Lazio fans, but I had to do it for Lotito.
A while back Lotito said a bit too much. I was on the bench at the time and he said he’d got a bargain by selling me. I really didn’t appreciate that.
It’s not my style, but I really wanted to score these goals and see if Lotito still felt the same way about me. The backflip was for him.