Emotions are scrawled across the faces of footballers whenever they score a crucial goal.

But a rare selection is choosing to conceal it with a mask, most often one of a fictional action hero.

Here are some of the most famous masked footballers.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang did just that as a Borussia Dortmund player against city rivals Schalke in 2015. He took over Batman’s trademark cowl, minus the cape, and even got Marco Reus to join him with a Robin mask.

Batman & Robin

And in Arsenal colours, the Gabonese scored against Rennes in the Europa League.

He duly reached behind an advertising hoarding for a drawstring bag, withdrew a Black Panther superhero mask, tugged it over his face and then stood with his arms crossed known as the “Wakanda forever” pose in the popular movie.

“Wakanda forever”

Then, there’s the Argentine striker Facundo Sava, who is a big Zorro fan. He used to have his mask tucked into his sock and will wear it whenever he scores a goal for English club Fulham!

The Phantom of the Opera or Zorro?

What about Wolves hitman Raul Jimenez?

Raul Jimenez

The Mexican scored a goal in a FA Cup tie last season and promptly unveiled a custom wrestling mask that celebrates Wolves’ golden colours and a pattern of the badge!

He also carried out this ritual as a Benfica player. After scoring in the Portuguese Cup final, he donned a mask as a tribute to WWE wrestler Sin Cara.

Reading player Kaspars Gorkss is hardly your household player but will probably be best remembered for pulling on this wolf mask.

Hopefully there are more Aubameyangs and Jimenezs to carry on this tradition.