Cristiano Ronaldo in new combo celebration after a brace for Portugal
Cristiano Ronaldo has surely overcome the disappointment of the 2023 World Cup in Qatar where his country suffered a paiful quarter-final exit at the hands of Morocco in December.
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner is continuing to bang in the goals for his nation, Portugal
He bagged a brace in the 4-0 win over Lichtenstein to kick off Roberto Martinez’s reign as Portugal boss and followed it up with another pair of strikes on Sunday evening.
And the 38-year-old had a different goal celebration after scoring the opener nine minutes in. For years now he’s been doing the ‘SIUU’ and it’s taken a life of its own, becoming a viral meme and one of the most iconic celebrations in football.
On some occasions an entire stadium full of fans have screamed the shout in unison with Ronaldo, who also memorably did it after winning the Ballon d’Or.
But, more recently, he also displayed a finger-locking gesture where he closed his eyes and it is said to be a ‘self deprecating’ celebration, according to Manchester United.
So when he found the net at the Luxembourg Stadium, Ronaldo decided to combine the two in a super celebration – producing the trademark jump and seamlessly transitioning into the pose.
He’s merged celebrations before, having paired the SIUU with Paulo Dybala’s signature mask gesture during their time together at Juventus.
Ronaldo debuted his second signature celebration after firing in his 700th club goal for United against Everton at Goodison Park.
It has even made its way onto FIFA 23, with gamers able to troll their opponents after finding the net with Real Madrid’s record goalscorer.
At the time of writing, Ronaldo, Portugal’s record scorer, has 122 goals in 197 appearances for his country.
Joao Felix and Bernardo Silva were also on target in a first-half Portugal rout.
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