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Christopher Nkunku blue balloon celebration meaning explained as video goes viral

Have a look at the meaning of the balloon celebration done by Christopher Nkunku

If you’re using the social media platform X/Twitter, you must have seen a viral video of Christopher Nkunku where he is captured celebrating with a blue balloon after Chelsea continued their European push with a fourth consecutive victory on Wednesday, defeating Brighton 2-1 at the Amex Stadium.

For the unversed, Chelsea’s performance this season has been a rollercoaster ride of confusion, yet their 2-1 victory over Brighton on Wednesday showcased moments of confidence and composure, offering a peek at Mauricio Pochettino’s squad nearing full strength.

Chelsea’s Christopher Nkunku blue balloon celebration meaning explained as video goes viral

Cole Palmer continued to impress in his debut season for the Blues, breaking the deadlock with a delightful flicked header in the first half.

Marc Cucurella, formerly of Brighton, provided an equally stellar assist, delivering one of his standout performances of the season. Christopher Nkunku, returning from injury, wasted no time in making his mark as a substitute.

The Frenchman sealed the win with a composed finish, courtesy of a precise cross from compatriot Malo Gusto.

However, chaos ensued in the 86th minute when Chelsea’s captain Reece James was shown a straight red card for an altercation with Joao Pedro, following a lengthy VAR review.

Despite the setback and with 10 minutes of added time, Brighton intensified their attack, leading to Danny Welbeck’s late goal in the 97th minute.

Despite James’ indiscretion causing discomfort, Chelsea managed to secure the win, albeit nervously. Thanks to their superior goal difference, European football next season seems all but assured for the Blues.

Christopher Nkunku’s Celebration Meaning

Over the past year, Nkunku has become famous for pulling a red or blue balloon out of his sock after scoring a goal. He then blows it up, usually with his head tilted back and his arms outstretched wide.

Nkunku first celebrated with a balloon in his mouth after scoring in a 4-0 Champions League win against Shakhtar Donetsk in November.

Why Does Nkunku’s Celebrate with a Balloon?

While the red balloon might remind some of Stephen King’s ‘It’, the gesture has a very sweet meaning. Nkunku has explained that the celebration is a tribute to his child.

“The balloon was for my son,” Nkunku revealed. “He likes balloons.” He has continued this unique celebration, even during his final game for Leipzig, scoring in the 2-0 win over Eintracht Frankfurt to help his side lift the DFB Cup.

About Christopher Nkunku

Christopher Alan Nkunku is a French professional footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder, second striker, or forward for Premier League club Chelsea and the France national team.

The 1.77 m (5 ft 10 In) tall football player was born in Lagny-sur-Marne, France on November 14, 1997. Nkunku, an alumnus of the Paris Saint-Germain Academy, made his professional debut for PSG in December 2015.

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