Squeaky Nev time! 'Torres howl' makes Sky Sports pundit an internet sensation
14:43 GMT, 25 April 2012
Gary Neville joined the list of most memorable TV commentaries after his emotional response to Fernando Torres' last-minute strike became an internet sensation.
The Sky Sports pundit and Sportsmail columnist could hardly contain his excitement after the Chelsea striker superbly rounded
Barcelona keeper Victor Valdes and slotted the ball into the net.
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Torres' strike secured a 2-2 draw in the Nou Camp and booked a place in the Champions League final for Roberto Di Matteo's men.
Video and audio footage of Neville's enthusiastic commentary went viral and secured him on the haul of fame alongside the likes of Murray Walker, Barry Davies and Dan Maskell.
It also prompted an offer from Ladbrokes for him to join legendary Italian Tiziano Crudeli in their next ad campaign.
Spokeswoman Jessica Bridge said: 'Neville's come
straight of out the Tiziano school of commentary. Punters can't get enough of
either of them and it would be great to see them in action together.'
The betting firm are also offering special Neville bets for next Monday's Manchester derby including 20/1 that he cries live on air and 1/5 he says 'game on.'
Neville since has laughed off the attention and tweeted one friend,
golfer Lee Westwood 'do you not get excited when you see a 6 ft, with
long blonde hair and legs out about to hit the target!!'
He had initially blamed his reaction on a his sore throat.
This morning he tweeted “Wow! Football.. My sore throat collapsed
on the Torres goal!!! #squeakynevtime” followed by a photograph of a
packet of Strepsils.