Sydney: Australia`s Tim Cahill is celebrating his Asian Cup heroics by retweeting a series of bizarre memes of himself, from floating in space to rodeo-riding a rhino, sparking a social media trend.
Copycat followers have jumped on the hashtag #cahilling -- featuring a photo of the Socceroos sharp-shooter scoring his outrageous bicycle kick against China in the quarter-finals -- poking fun of celebrities from Justin Bieber to Chuck Norris.
An Aussie cultural icon who embodies the grizzled, never-say-die sporting virtues so cherished in his home country, the former Everton forward reposted a meme of himself riding on a rhino, rodeo-style, to his 722,000 Twitter followers.
Cahill also reposted photos of himself as a space-walking astronaut, his face superimposed over George Clooney`s in the Hollywood smash "Gravity" and another of him booting an asteroid in the build-up to Tuesday`s semi-final against the UAE.
Other Cahill memes, all of him in the same overhead freeze frame, include the player pole vaulting and break-dancing, while one online wag repositioned him to have his boot kicking singer Bieber in the face and another scissor-kicking martial arts hard man Norris on the chin.
The cheekiest had Cahill high-kicking in a line of pettycoated can-can girls.
While the trend has yet to reach the notoriety of the uproarious Ashley Cole "lurking" memes which lit up social media last year, should hosts Australia go all the way and win their first Asian Cup, Cahill gags could spread like wildfire.