How Bukayo Saka’s celebration gives glory to God

Bukayo Saka has turned into one of the best players in the Premier League, while also playing a key role for England at Euro 2020 and more recently the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

His emergence as one of the very best talents in world football means watching Saka celebrate has become a very familiar sight.

What is Bukayo Saka’s celebration?

While Saka is yet to have a trademark celebration, there is one element to his goalscoring routine that stays the same.

After every goal or assist, the Arsenal star points to the sky.

Bukayo Saka celebrates after scoring against Sheffield Utd in 2020. (Sky Sports)

What does Bukayo Saka’s celebration mean?

In 2020, Saka wrote to pupils at his old school about the role that faith has played in his life.

He said: “I grew up in a Christian family who believe strongly in God.

This always made me curious to get to know God more and I have done so by reading my Bible a lot and going to church a lot over the years.

My faith is constantly being exercised when I’m put in different situations or I play in big football matches such as my England debut.”

“I hold onto God’s promises such as the scripture ‘Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours’.

So before every game, I ask God to help me play well, help my team, and try to score a goal or assist a goal and he answers my prayers so this is why I point to the sky to thank him.”

What else has Bukayo Saka said about his faith?

Saka most recently spoke about his faith shortly after England beat Senegal 3-0 at the 2022 World Cup.

Bukayo Saka talking about his faith after England’s 3-0 win vs Senegal at the 2022 World Cup.

In the post-match press conference, the 21-year-old was asked about whether he’d been reading the bible during his stay in Qatar:

“Yeah, I’ve been continuing to do that out here. I read my Bible every night.

“For me, it’s really important to have the presence of God in me all the time and it gives me more confidence to know that God’s plan is perfect, so I can go on the pitch and know that God has my back. 

“But the main thing for me is just keeping my faith. You know just having faith in God so I don’t need to be nervous or worry about any outcomes because obviously, it’s my first World Cup.

You know I can start worrying about different things and different outcomes, but instead, I just choose to put my faith in God.”

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