Manchester United have explained Cristiano Ronaldo’s goal celebration against Everton on Sunday.
According to the club, the 37-year-old’s latest style of celebration is ‘a self-deprecating joke’ about how much the football icon sleeps.
The legendary forward scored the winner for the Red Devils in Sunday 2-1 win at Goodison Park and the goal was his 700th club goal of his career.
The former Real Madrid and Juventus superstar got off the bench and took just 15 minutes to score his second goal of the season in all competitions for Erik ten Hag’s men.
But the Portuguese dropped his usual trademark ‘Siu!’ celebration, Portugal captain opted for a rather strange style.
He stood upright with his heads back, closed his eyes and put his fingers crossed in front of his chest.
Ronaldo was joined in the celebration by new singnee, Brazilian winger, Antony in the celebration.
Football fans have been speculating over the meaning behind Ronaldo’s new style of goal celebration.
But the club’s official website revealed: “We can now reveal that Ronaldo’s celebration was a self-deprecating in-joke with his fellow team-mates, highlighting the strong bonds among the players in Erik ten Hag’s squad.
“Of course, Cristiano is renowned for looking after himself and ensuring he is always in the best possible condition, which naturally involves hours of hard work on the training pitch and in the gym.
“It also includes resting at the right moments and ensuring he has enough sleep to aid his recovery: it has previously been reported that Ronaldo naps several times a day!
CR7’s celebration at Everton was amusingly a nod to the position in which he sleeps when travelling with the squad, which hasn’t gone unnoticed by his team-mates who are all eager to learn from him.”
Before Ronaldo’s winner for Erik ten Hag’s Red Devils, Antony had fired the visitors level after Nigeria international, Alex Iwobi put the Frank Lampard’s side in front. All three goals came in the first half of the game.
Meanwhile, Ronaldo has not had much game time under Erik ten Hag this season, starting only one game in the Premier League for the for the multiple title winners.