Jack Grealish encapsulated the joyous scenes of Manchester City’s Premier League title parade on Monday, although Newcastle forward Miguel Almiron may not think that after being caught in his crosshairs during a joke.
City retained the English top-flight title on Sunday in a dramatic final day – coming from two-nil down against Aston Villa to win 3-2 to pip title rivals Liverpool by a point.
And the hysteria of that victory at the Etihad Stadium carried over into the streets of Manchester as Grealish led the celebrations.
Jack Grealish (left) took a light-hearted dig at Newcastle forward Miguel Almiron during Manchester City’s title parade celebrations on Monday
Grealish was in a jovial mood as he celebrated Manchester City’s title success on Monday
He bantered a few of his City team-mates to the hysterics of the rest of the squad and staff
The City playmaker was a picture of delight as he enjoyed himself during their parade title
Clearly enjoying himself throughout, as he should, a hoarse Grealish – who toasted City’s success by drinking beers and appearing to have vodka cokes too – embarked on some light-hearted banter with his team-mates about the key to their success.
Bernardo Silva and Riyad Mahrez were also in the firing line of the England international as he took friendly jabs about their displays against Aston Villa – with Almiron randomly caught in the collateral of it all.
Silva and Mahrez both started Sunday’s clash but were below-par their usual high standards – with Grealish comparing the latter’s display to the equivalent of Newcastle’s No 24.
Mahrez was substituted on 56 minutes and replaced by Raheem Sterling at 1-0 down, while Silva was replaced by Ilkay Gundogan 12 minutes later.
Both substitutions by manager Pep Guardiola proved to be inspired as Sterling set up Gundogan to reduce the deficit to 2-1, while the latter then scored the winner to seal City’s fourth Premier League title in five seasons.
And teasing the pair, a jovial Grealish reminded them of those changes.
Pulling Grealish alongside him for his Instagram story – which also featured Kevin De Bruyne – Silva asked him what were the secrets to their success against Villa.
With a huge smile on his face he did not hesitate before saying: ‘There were two secrets … number one, Riyadh, take him off the pitch, as soon as possible. He played like Almiron yesterday.
Riyad Mahrez (left) and Bernardo Silva were both targeted by Grealish in light-hearted digs
Grealish and Almiron battle for the ball during their Premier League encounter earlier in May
‘Number two, [pointing at Silva] he’s been so good this season, get him off the pitch. ‘
The Portuguese then came up with a third secret, adding: ‘Number three … keep Jack Grealish on the f ****** bench.’
Silva’s shot back at Grealish caused the pair to crack up laughing – with the latter not coming on against his former club on Sunday.
However, not everyone found this exchange funny with a few condemning the latter for unnecessarily bringing Almiron into this.
‘If Grealish worked half as hard as Almiron he might get a game every one a while the whopper. #NUFC, ‘wrote one Newcastle fan.
This was echoed by another who stated: ‘What Grealish said about Almiron is not only very disrespectful, it is also just plain rude and highly unprofessional.’
Despite this, Grealish did have some Newcastle supporters in his corner.
‘Why’s everyone getting angry at Jack Grealish regarding his comments about Almiron?
‘It’s funny and no worse than what a lot of our fans have said about Miggy. Lighten up #NUFC, ‘said one account.
Another also put: ‘Did Jack Grealish need to randomly bring Almiron into it? No. ‘Am I bothered? No.
‘People are far too sensitive nowadays, I’m sure we’ve all said far worse about Miggy when he should pass instead of shoot. #NUFC. ‘
This was not the first friendly pop Grealish had at Silva as earlier in the day during a live stream of the festivities he said: ‘Do you know what?’ I said earlier on the coach, it’s been brilliant to win my first title.
‘I want to thank everyone, but the main person I want to thank is Bernardo Silva for coming off in the [68th] minute, because he was miles off it yesterday! ‘
The England international’s quip sparked hysterics from Kyle Walker and John Stones.
Having taken a jibe at Silva, Mahrez and Almiron – City’s No 10 also mocked Kyle Walker too.
Walker was asked by Mahrez whether anybody has beaten him in a one vs one situation during his career.
Grealish and Silva enjoyed bantering each other during the former’s Instagram story
‘Who did actually beat you in one vs one?’ Mahrez asked Walker before asking if PSG pair Kylian Mbappe and Neymar have.
Walker responded: ‘I do not know’ but before he could finish his answer, Grealish was quick to nip in.
‘Me when I was at Aston Villa. That’s why Pep Guardiola signed me, ‘he said with a smirk on his face.
Grealish’s taunt caused the City boss to keel over laughing – having signed him for £ 100million from Aston Villa last summer.
Grealish also dug out Kyle Walker (far right) saying he used to beat him as an opposition player