Dele Alli’s viral soccer celebration is driving the UK mad — here’s how you do it

How does he do it?

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How does he do it?
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In the UK, the “In My Feelings” challenge is already dead and buried.

Instead, everyone is trying to replicate the soccer celebration of Tottenham Hotspur’s mercurial midfielder Dele Alli.

Like most viral challenges, Alli’s celebration looks simple at first glance – like an upside down “OK” gesture – but it’s infuriatingly difficult to master.

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Over the last few days, celebrities and the general public alike have tried with varying levels of success to recreate the celebration.

The #DeleChallenge has even made it across the pond to the US:

Some people have even speculated that you need to be double-jointed to master the post – but that’s not the case.

If you’re still struggling to get your fingers in the right place, scroll down to see the author show you how it’s done…


Start off with a regular “OK” gesture…

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… Then, push your thumb upwards so that your thumb and your index finger are now above your third, fourth and fifth finger…

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… Now, flip your hand, rotating about 180 degrees towards you.

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Bring your hand towards your face so that your eye is in the middle of the hole between your index and your thumb, and, voila! You’ve officially completed the Dele Alli challenge. Now, impress your friends and beguile your enemies.

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Here’s a video of the author completing the move in full: