After scoring his second goal of the European Championship in Germany’s 2-0 victory over Hungary, Jamal Musiala gestured with three fingers to his head, imitating the ‘three to the dome’ celebration made famous by former New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony.

While his celebration might seem insignificant to outsiders, regular followers of the rising star would recognize that Musiala has made the same gesture multiple times. He also performed it after scoring against Scotland’s Angus Gunn in the tournament opener.

Musiala has showcased different celebrations, such as making an ‘M’ with his hands, bowing, or shaking hands.

Interestingly, while the ‘three to the dome’ celebration is most closely linked to Carmelo Anthony, he actually adopted it from former teammate, Rasheed Wallace, who played alongside Anthony during his final season with the New York Knicks in 2012-13.

The origin of the celebration traces back to a practice session where Carmelo Anthony and Rasheed Wallace were trash-talking. Wallace began hitting 3-pointers and started doing the gesture, saying, “That’s three to the dome.” Anthony soon adopted the celebration, using it in games whenever he made a three-pointer.

Jamal Musiala’s young career so far

Germany midfielder Jamal Musiala (14) dribbles the ball against Mexico during the second half at Lincoln Financial Field
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The 21-year-old footballer received a standing ovation from fans after Germany’s recent match against Hungary in the Euros, helping them become the first team to reach the last 16.

Musiala has been making headlines in the tournament, scoring a goal in their 5-1 win over Scotland to earn Player of the Match honors, and again in their 2-0 victory over Hungary.
He is the second youngest player in European Championship history to score in each of his first two games.

The German midfielder advanced to the senior Bayern Munich squad after just 11 months. At 17, he became the youngest player to play and score in the Bundesliga. He also became the youngest goal scorer in the Champions League after netting against Lazio in the European competition.

Musiala initially represented England from the Under-15s level to the Under-21s. However, in 2021, he made the decision to switch to the German national team. He was then selected to play for Germany in the delayed Euro 2020, becoming the youngest German player to feature in a major tournament.

Jamal Musiala and Carmelo Anthony are at different stages in their careers. The football phenom is yet to reach his prime while the basketball legend has already left the sport.

Carmelo Anthony’s career

Anthony is a likely future Hall of Famer known for his scoring prowess throughout most of his career. Over his 14 seasons, he maintained an average of 24.8 points per game and secured the scoring title for the 2012-13 season.

As a highly touted prospect from high school, Anthony made waves at Syracuse University, guiding the Orange to an NCAA championship in 2003. He entered the NBA as the third overall pick in the 2003 draft, following LeBron James (first pick) and Darko Milicic (second pick).

Carmelo Anthony played for the Denver Nuggets for his initial 7.5 seasons before being traded to the Knicks in 2011. While his profile soared even further with the move, it also brought increased scrutiny as he faced pressure to lead the team toward NBA championship contention.

Melo ended his 19-year career with 28,289 points, placing him 10th on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. Additionally, he made 1,731 3-pointers during his career, currently ranking him 31st in NBA history for 3-pointers made.