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Sunday 31 August 2014

Video: Gary Neville's 'goalgasm' during Chelsea Fernando Torres goal against Barcelona goes viral

Gary Neville
Chelsea's Fernando Torres from Spain celebrates his goal during a Champions League second leg semifinal soccer match against Barcelona at Camp Nou stadium, in Barcelona, Spain, Tuesday, April 24, 2012. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)
BARCELONA, SPAIN - APRIL 24: Cesc Fabregas of Barcelona and Lionel Messi of Barcelona look thoughtful during the UEFA Champions League Semi Final, second leg match between FC Barcelona and Chelsea FC at Camp Nou on April 24, 2012 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

The Fernando Torres goal against Barcelona rubber-stamped Chelsea's place in the UEFA Champions League final but it is Gary Neville's unique reaction that has made the biggest impact on YouTube, Twitter and Facebook.

Viewers were taken aback when the the Sky analyst and former Manchester United player let out a strange moaning sound, described as a 'goalgasm' some by internet users, as £50m man Torres closed in on goal at Camp Nou.

Neville later blamed his high-pitched screams of pleasure on a sore throat and tweeted a photo of some Strepsils.

While Chelsea's stunning victory over Barcelona will live long in the memory of football fans, Neville's commentary on Torres's goal may be the most enduring moment on the internet.

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