Iconic Al-Nassr forward Cristiano Ronaldo added a new celebration to his repertoire during Portugal’s 6-0 away victory against Luxembourg in their Euro 2024 qualifier.
Despite being already 4-0 up against the minnows Luxembourg, Manchester United hero Ronaldo was booked for diving on Sunday night. The 38-year-old won his 198th senior cap and scored two goals during Portugal’s comfortable win at the Stade de Luxembourg. The result ensured that Roberto Martinez’s side won their first two qualifiers for Euro 2024, which will take place in Germany next summer.
Ronaldo opened the scoring for Portugal in the eighth minute and debuted his new celebration, which was a combination of his trademark ‘Siu’ and ‘Nap’ celebrations. However, the Al-Nassr forward’s performance was marred by his embarrassing tumble in the 57th minute.
Trying to deceive the referee by throwing himself to the ground after running into Maxime Chanot, a 33-year-old defender who plays for New York City, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner was booked by referee Radu Petrescu and told to get on with the game. A few moments later, Ronaldo was substituted by Martinez. Despite Ronaldo’s theatrics, it was an enjoyable night for Portugal. Joao Felix, Bernardo Silva, Otavio, and Rafael Leao all scored for the Euro 2016 winners, who will be hoping to reclaim their crown next year.
Ronaldo needed just eight minutes to find the net, calmly slotting the ball into the bottom corner before running off and performing his new celebration. It is believed to be the first time he has ever combined the ‘Siu’ and the ‘Nap’.