Manchester City didn't have a whole lot to play for in their last Premier League game of the season, they had already guaranteed their passage to next year's Champions League and were playing lowly Watford, who they thrashed 5-0. Yet somehow all eyes ended up on this meaningless match to check out Leroy Sané's awe-inspiring tattoo.
Tattoos are nothing new on the pitch, many of the game's biggest stars — from David Beckham to Lionel Messi to Zlatan — are covered in ink. But when a younger player of minor repute strips off to reveal a tattoo portrait of himself celebrating a goal, well, the world takes notice.
Dude got himself scoring a goal on his back. Seriously. We could go on and on about what an insanely ego driven move this was, considering the only way to get an acceptable tattoo of yourself would be to do it in such a way that it makes everyone crack up, like Steve-O. That's not the route that Sané went with. He got a very serious, black and grey portrait of himself celebrating a goal. Which, again, could be fine if it was the goal that carried Germany to the World Cup, or won City the EPL, or even the Europa League title. But, no. Sané has never scored goals like that, so what could the picture be from?
Fox Sports football producer Matt Coleman put on his detective hat and figured it out. The goal is from a 3-1 loss to Monaco in the Champions League. It wasn't even an equalizer that eventually would fall short, City was down 2-0 at the time of the goal. And they ended up losing not just the game but the round. In other words, while he should be proud of scoring a goal, but why would you want to immortalize a high point in what was eventually a crushing defeat? This would be like Cleveland Indian Rajai Davis getting a tattoo of the home run he hit against the Cubs in Game 7 of the World Series... two innings before they eventually lost.
Given how competitive athletes are this seems absolutely insane. Hell, a different soccer star, Mauricio Pinilla got a tattoo of the penalty shot he missed during the 2014 World Cup, which ultimately led to Chile losing in extra time, as a reminder that he needs to work harder to achieve his goals. Now that's an acceptable reason to get your own portrait tattoo, not a meaningless goal in a loss.
Here at Tattoodo we would love Sané to keep going wild with these portrait tattoos. This was his first season in the Premier League, so why not get a tattoo tribute to that first yellow card he earned against Bournemouth? Or perhaps, Sané subbing in against Watford during stoppage time for some very meaningful playing time? Seriously, Leroy, getting a tattoo of yourself scoring a goal was lame... getting a tattoo scoring that goal is some next level idiocy.