Joao Cancelo admitted that his Portugal goal celebration was a “slap in the face” of his critics after autograph controversy at Barcelona.
The Barcelona full-back found himself in the eye of controversy for getting frustrated with autograph hunters who regularly flock to the training ground. After he was criticised for his rudeness towards fans, Cancelo claimed that the same people turn up every day and go on to sell his signed memorabilia, a practice that he abhors.
The defender allowed his feet to do the talking on the pitch as he scored a stunner in Portugal’s 5-0 win over Bosnia and Herzegovina. After receiving the ball on the edge of the box he fired home into the top corner which left the keeper rooted to his spot. After scoring, he went on to celebrate towards the corner flag by sliding on his knee with his arms flayed.
When pressed if his celebration was catered to the critics he replied: “My celebration was a slap in the face to those who criticise me. I was always professional. There are those who sell a bad image of me, but it is not true. I have a good heart and I do everything I can to help Portugal.”
Cancelo has got a fresh lease of life under Xavi at Barcelona and continued his improved form while on international duty as well with an incredible strike. It was his third goal of the season as he has already netted twice in La Liga in just eight appearances.
After a successful international window with Portugal, Cancelo will return to domestic action on Sunday against Athletic Club in a La Liga fixture.