Why are sports stars doing the Mannequin Challenge?

Jamie Vardy scored for England and celebrated by standing still

BY Daniel Kelly 09:14 Wednesday 16 November 2016, 9:14 16 Nov 2016

Picture by Simon Cooper EMPICS Sport

It's one of those pointless internet phenomenons that ended up being used by both teams in the friendly between England and Spain, in Wembley, on Tuesday night.

The Mannequin Challenge is a viral video craze, that sees people stand like mannequins in a series of unusual poses as a video is recorded. Sports stars seem to be leading the craze. Why? We simply dont know.

After scoring against Spain, Leicester and England striker Jamie Vardy, celebrated by standing still, in what can only be seen as a homage to the non-celebration celebration. Maybe he always wanted to play for Spain?

After the 2-2 draw, Spain's Sergio Asenjo released a video on Twitter on the Spanish team's version of the "Challenge".

Predominately used in America, the challenge has found its way across the Atlantic to Europe, with teams like Borussia Dortmund and the Belgian national team following the craze.


#MannequinChallenge @juweigl @marcinho11 @romanweidenfeller_1 @milany_p @schmelle_29 @andreschuerrle @_erik37durm @sk23.10 @passlackfelix

A video posted by Mario Götze ⭐️️ (@gotzemario) on

American football teams such as the Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants have also performed the challenge. Is it supposed to help team bonding?

In Ireland, like their cousins in New York, the Belfast Giants took part in the challenge, as did some former Ireland rugby internationals.

Compared to internet crazes like the Ice Bucket Challenge, there seems to be no charitable reason for the Mannequin Challenge. Like the Harlem Shake, let's hope it goes as quick as it came. 

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