- Cristiano Ronaldo has a new goal celebration.
- After scoring his last two goals, he has run to the touchline, closed his eyes, and crossed his arms.
- According to Manchester United, the celebration is an ode to the superstar’s love for napping.
For years, Cristiano Ronaldo has celebrated his goals by running to the side of the pitch, jumping high in the air, and screaming “SIUUUU” as he lands.
His last two strikes, however, he has celebrated in a different way.
After scoring against Everton in the English Premier League early in October and then against Sheriff Tiraspol in the Europa League on Thursday night, Ronaldo ran to the touchline, closed his eyes, and folded his hands on his chest.
According to Manchester United, the new celebration is a self-deprecating joke, poking fun at his own reputation for napping.
“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,” said United.
“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.”
United added that the celebration is a “nod to the position” in which he naps when travelling.
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United beat Sheriff 3-0 with Ronaldo rounding off the scoring in the 81st minute after goals from Diogo Dalot and Marcus Rashford.
But it hasn’t all been smooth sailing for the Portuguese superstar in recent weeks, with United manager Erik ten Hag opting to drop him from the squad for United’s EPL match against Chelsea on Sunday, which finished 1-1.
Ten Hag sat Ronaldo after he allegedly refused to come on as a substitute and left the home dugout before the final whistle in United’s 2-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur last Wednesday.
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The 38-year-old also spent the days before the match against Tottenham training separately from the rest of United’s first-team squad as punishment.
After the incident, Ronaldo said on Instagram that “sometimes the heat of the moment gets the best of us.”
“Right now, I just feel that I have to keep working hard in Carrington, support my teammates and be ready for everything in any given game,” he said.
“Giving in to the pressure is not an option. It never was. This is Manchester United, and united we must stand. Soon we’ll be together again.”