An increasingly familiar sight for Köln fans: Anthony Modeste's emoji-inspired goal celebration. - © imago / Philippe Ruiz
An increasingly familiar sight for Köln fans: Anthony Modeste's emoji-inspired goal celebration. - © imago / Philippe Ruiz
Bundesliga

Why Köln's Kung-Fu hitman Modeste is topping the charts

Anthony Modeste's acrobatic equaliser in 1. FC Köln's 1-1 draw at FC Bayern München not only took Manuel Neuer by surprise, it also took him to the top of the Bundesliga scoring charts.

There should not really be anything surprising about either, though, with the striker's qualities emerging peu à peu and the Frenchman now a feared name among Bundesliga defences.

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It was approaching 17:00 CEST on Saturday afternoon when he ghosted into the Bayern penalty area, took aim with a flying kung-fu kick to flummox Neuer as confusion reigned in the Bayern defence. Not only was it one of the most eye-catching goals of the weekend, it was Modeste's fifth of the season so far.

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That effort took him into the company of Bundesliga royalty, brushing shoulders with Robert Lewandowski, Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Vedad Ibisevic at the top of the scoring charts – a place where he no longer looks or feels out of place.

Last season, his 15 goals made him by far and away the Billy Goats' top-scorer. He is already a third of the way to matching that haul in 2016/17, with an assist in the 3-0 win over SC Freiburg meaning he has had a hand in six of Köln's ten goals. Meanwhile, his trigger-happy total of 19 shots is bettered by only four other players in the Bundesliga this term.

- © imago / Philippe Ruiz