A former Portugal international has claimed there is a lot more to Cristiano Ronaldo’s trademark goal celebration.
The world-famous “Siiiiu” celebration is not just physical and emotional, Paulo Sousa has said.
According to the former international, players who have mimicked Ronaldo’s celebration make a statement, rather than just being copycats.
Sousa says Ronaldo’s early coaches confirmed that the celebration is about success.
“The feedback I had from his coaches is that even from that age, everything he did was focused on achieving as much as possible,” Sousa told The Sunday Times.
“I loved his celebration [when Ronaldo ripped his top off after scoring a late winner against Villarreal in the Champions League this season].
“The way he commemorates his goals is a statement: ‘I am here’.”
“He is always demanding, to myself and my staff,” Sousa added.
“Any time we are talking about our opponents, showing the analysis and explaining our strategy for the game, he always has questions.
“He is one of the most clever players I ever coached or played with,” he concluded.
Coming up next for Ronaldo and Portugal is a FIFA World Cup Qualifier against European minnows Luxembourg.