Cristiano Ronaldo’s return to Manchester United has really captured the imagination of Manchester United fans worldwide and one Gaelic footballer from Ferbane recently paid his own special tribute to the Portuguese star - by copying his trademark celebration.
Muted goal celebrations are the norm in the GAA but when Jack Clancy finished neatly to give his side a six-point lead over Edenderry in the quarter-final of the Offaly SFC, he took to the air spinning like CR7.
Jack Clancy's Ronaldo celebration
This goal should have been revoked 🤮🤮 pic.twitter.com/0kKV41mAZo
— Daithi 🍉 (@david_pnt) October 10, 2021
It was a 9/10 for execution by the former Offaly U21 player, although introducing a soccer celebration (especially the Ronaldo celebration) to Gaelic games is sure to irk the traditionalists (and non-Manchester United supporters).
It is unclear from the video footage if Clancy let out the customary “siuuu” upon his landing. If he did, he certainly didn’t elicit the same kind of crowd participation as Ronaldo often does. Home fans usually join the United legend in shouting “siuuu”, which can produce a tremendous noise around the stadium.
The supporters at Bórd na Móna O’Connor Park obviously didn’t get the memo, as silence greeted Clancy's Ronaldo celebration.
The Ferbane footballer isn’t the first person to publicly imitate the Ronaldo celebration in recent weeks. In the aftermath of Aston Villa’s recent victory over Manchester United, footage emerged of Villa supporters taking turns to sarcastically copy the move while gathered outside Old Trafford.
Earlier this month, Andros Townsend also “did a Ronaldo” when he scored for Everton against United. He later explained that he mimicked the celebration as a tribute to his illustrious opponent.
"He's my idol. I grew up watching Ronaldo, I spent hours on the training pitch trying to execute his techniques.
"Maybe should have spent longer on the celebration because it wasn't great!" 😂
Andros Townsend says it was a honour to share the field with CR7.
🎙 @TheDesKelly pic.twitter.com/MBxBeOcg9f
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) October 2, 2021
Whatever about the celebration, Clancy’s goal proved crucial as 2019 champions Ferbane sealed a comeback victory to tee up a semi-final clash with Tullamore. Defending champions Rhode will take on Durrow in the other semi-final.
Who knows if Clancy will repeat the Ronaldo celebration the next time he finds the target. Perhaps the Ferbane faithful will be better prepared to join in if he does.