Before Sporting CP’s match against Marseille, a Champions League mascot comically imitated Cristiano Ronaldo’s new celebration. Ronaldo debuted his unique celebration after scoring his 700th career club goal in Manchester United’s 2-1 victory against Everton on Sunday.
The new celebration looks to be gaining traction, with a mascot impersonating the Manchester United icon before the Sporting CP vs. Marseille opener. In a comical moment, the little guy closed his eyes and crossed his fingers in front of his chest, much like Ronaldo did against Everton.
Fans Reaction to the mascot’s celebration
Fans were enthralled by the child’s Ronaldo-inspired jubilation. One fan said, “Never seen anyone do a pessi celebration, while Ronaldo’s NEW celebration is already worldwide. The biggest influence in football there will every be. Forever the goat”.
Another tweeted “Ronaldo will remain a football culture”. “This is the ability of something to float on water or any other fluid”.
A third added, “Ronaldo’s influence will forever remain in football even after retirement”.
Another commented, “Ronaldo made it to the UCL without even being in the competition”.
According to Man United, Ronaldo’s celebration was a’self-deprecating’ gesture to the position in which he sleeps when travelling with the group.
Which wasn’t lost on the rest of the team, therefore the Brazilian forward’s choice to join in on the celebration. The club’s official website explained “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”.