Ronaldo Celebrates His First Goal Against Luxembourg

Cristiano Ronaldo gave Portugal the lead against Luxembourg after combining two of his iconic celebrations.

Ronaldo, who scored his 121st and 122nd international goals in a 6-0 victory, typically uses two celebrations interchangeably: the Siuuu and the Calma sleep move.

Cristiano Ronaldo

In his more famous celebration, he brought his arms to his chest after his spin and imitated a sleeping motion. His team-mates ran over to congratulate him as he closed his eyes and looked to the sky with a big grin.

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After bundling in Nuno Mendes’ headed pass from close range, Ronaldo ran to the corner flag to perform his iconic “Siu” celebration – pirouetting in the air before landing in a power stance.

But this time, he ended his goal scoring routine by pretending to be asleep, an apparent reference to his habit of taking several naps a day.

Cristiano Ronaldo pretended to fall asleep to celebrate first goal against Luxembourg

Ronaldo provided a glimpse of the new celebration after scoring for Manchester United against Everton last year, and his former club said the 38-year-old’s sleeping position was a source of amusement to his teammates when the squad traveled to and from games.

His first half brace for Portugal yesterday takes Ronaldo’s tally for his country to 122 goals in 198 games having set the international appearance record against Liechtenstein three days before.

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In between Ronaldo’s goals, João Félix and Bernardo Silva both scored headers to give Portugal a 4-0 lead at halftime against Luxembourg.

Another header from Otávio and a good finish from Rafael Leão – who had seen his penalty saved three minutes earlier – completed the rout, meaning Portugal has now scored 10 goals without conceding across its first two qualifying games for Euro 2024.

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In the other games in group J, Iceland defeated Liechtenstein 7-0 – the team’s greatest margin of victory in an official match – and Slovakia overcame Bosnia and Herzegovina 2-0.


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