CRISTIANO RONALDO has revealed that his iconic ‘Sii’ celebration was born against former Premier League rivals Chelsea.
The Portuguese superstar, now 36, is now renowned for his mid-air leap and pivot movement – accompanied by him shouting “Sii” – every time he scores a goal.
He performs this unique celebration regularly now, but it was America’s fans who first witnessed the pose.
Speaking to YouTube channel Soccer.com, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner revealed he pulled off the now classic move by playing for Real Madrid in a friendly against Chelsea.
Ronaldo recalled: “Well I was in the United States and we played against Chelsea and I don’t know where that came from. I just scored and I went, ‘sii!’
âBut it was natural, to be honest.
“After that I started doing it and I feel like the fans, when they see me they are like ‘sii’ and I was like ‘wow people remember Cristiano because of the sii’ so I continued like that. “
I feel like the fans, when they see me, they’re like ‘sii’ and I was like ‘wow, people remember Cristiano because of the sii’
That day in 2013, Ronaldo actually scored twice for Los Blancos as they beat Chelsea 3-1 to win the International Champions Cup.
The Manchester United star – who told ex-teammate Nani he would end his MLS career – crashed on a 25-yard free kick after goals from Marcelo and Ramires for the first of his two goals.
But it was his second arrival, a close-range bullet header that Ronaldo pulled out in the first version of his âSiiâ celebration, minus the pivot.
The winger made headlines for shouting the chant, which simply means ‘yes’ in Spanish, when he won the Ballon d’Or in 2015.
In the same interview, Ronaldo also admitted that Portuguese legend Eusebio would be the only player he wanted to play with in his career.
He added: “In my mind I have a lot of players I want to play with, but I’m going to mention one from my country who passed away a few years ago – Eusebio.
“He is one of the sons of Portugal and I want to play with him because he is Portuguese.
“He was an amazing person and I would love to be able to play with him on the national team.”