'Stupid Batshuayi hit post for extra followers' – Mertens taunts Belgium team-mate over unfortunate celebration

After seeing the Chelsea striker embarrass himself at Russia 2018, Red Devils colleagues have taken great joy in revelling in his misfortune

Dries Mertens has joked that Belgium team-mate Michy Batshuayi is a “stupid guy” and suggested he smashed the ball into his own face to gain more social media followers. 

Batshuayi went viral after an attempted goal celebration during the 1-0 World Cup defeat of England went wrong, the striker smashing the ball against the post and not able to duck away in time when it rebounded into his face.

“Ahahha I knew I would be f***** the minute I come to my mentions. Why am I so stupid bro. S*** hurts,” Batshuayi wrote on Twitter, going on to share a clip of the bizarre moment.

“Fortnite celebrations [are] so overrated bro I had to create something new.”

And Batshuayi’s colleagues do not have much sympathy for their luckless team-mate.

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“He [Batshuayi] is a bit of a stupid guy, we like to joke with him,” Mertens told a news conference.

“I think he is very funny on social media and everything and I don’t know if he did it for extra followers or something.

“But it was really funny.”

Adnan Januzaj’s goal – his first for Belgium – ensured his side set up a last-16 tie with Japan, although Batshuayi’s celebration overshadowed him.

“I think he [Batshuayi] wanted to score also!” the former Manchester United winger said.

“But unfortunately for him he hit the post, but then he scored a header which was nice.

“But yeah, it was a funny celebration to see.”

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