Socceroos star Tim Cahill's secret message sell out with his big 'T' goal celebration

Socceroos star Tim Cahill celebrates scoring a goal against Syria with a capital 'T'.
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Socceroos star Tim Cahill celebrates scoring a goal against Syria with a capital 'T'.

How do you celebrate a major milestone for yourself and your country?

If you're Socceroos star Tim Cahill, you use your moment of glory to plug your Sydney-based travel agent.

Cahill, whose two goals during the match against Syria kept Australia's World Cup qualification hopes alive, made a "T" sign with his hands after kicking his 50th international goal this week.

Tim Cahill tunes in for the crowd applause after the Socceroos defeated Syria in their Fifa World Cup qualifying tie.
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Tim Cahill tunes in for the crowd applause after the Socceroos defeated Syria in their Fifa World Cup qualifying tie.

But Cahill wasn't calling for a time-out, the 37-year-old Australian captain made the gesture to give his sponsor a shout-out.

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The raw excitement of scoring a goal for Australia takes hold for Socceroos star Tim Cahill.
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The raw excitement of scoring a goal for Australia takes hold for Socceroos star Tim Cahill.

Cahill is the newest ambassador for the small Byron Bay business and held the pose long enough to show it off to the packed ANZ Stadium and plethora of press parked on the sidelines. 

The business confirmed the gesture on its Instagram account by congratulating Cahill for securing the Socceroo's another play-off chance when they go up against Honduras in their next qualifier match. 

"Did you catch Tim Cahill, our new brand ambassador, doing the ... 'T' after he scored the winning goal last night? Congratulations Tim!," the holiday agency posted to its 7000-odd followers. 

Cahill replied with eight emojis, including two cheeky faces with their tongues sticking out; the kind of expressions usually reserved for blokes on day four of a footy trip who would do anything for a dare or free beer.

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He also plugged the company on his own social media platform, writing: "Another chapter written and plenty more to come. Amazing team performance and really proud of everyone tonight, team, staff and fans", before tagging in his sponsor.

Calls and emails to the Contiki-for-Yuppies-type business went unanswered on Thursday.

It is the same company that offered NRL star Jarryd Hayne A$400,000 (NZ$439,000) to stay with the Gold Coast Titans earlier this year. Hayne was quick to send his congratulations to his colleague.

Cahill is almost as famous for his goal-kicking celebrations as he is for his actual ball skills. However pundits and viewers were left perplexed after his 13th minute equaliser also resembled a marketing exercise as he marked it with a plane motion similar to Hayne's famous "Hayne Plane".

In 2015 during a match against Kyrgyzstan, he dumped his trademark boxing in the corner move, to impersonating someone reading a book. Coincidentally the match was played shortly after the release of his children's book and autobiography.

In 2008 while playing for Everton he was forced to apologise for making a handcuff gesture on the pitch, which he dedicated to his older brother Sean.

Sean was arrested in Sydney in 2007 after fleeing Britain after being released on bail following an attack on a man that left the victim partially blind in one eye. 

 - Sydney Morning Herald

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