Christiano Ronaldo has used the ‘Siiuu’ celebration for most of the second part of his career.
Becoming the record goal scorer in international football, winning 31 trophies throughout his career and being awarded five Ballon d’Or are perhaps some of the most impressive and well known things about the Portuguese forward.
The Portuguese legend began using the celebration while at Real Madrid and took it with him at Juventus, Manchester United and now at Al Nassr.
Whenever he scores, he runs, jumps and then turns with his arms stretched out before shouting ‘siiiuuu’ as he lands.
Ronaldo’s signature celebration is what resonates with most fans today even though most people don’t know what it means.
The ‘siiuu’ celebration has been imitated by other players on many occasions like Real Madrid’s star Rodrigo after he scored against Chelsea in a Champions League quarter-final in April.
But what exactly does it mean? Siu originates from the Spanish word ‘si’ which means yes and Ronaldo adopted it while he was in Spain during his nine-year stay at Real Madrid.
Ronaldo explained that the celebration was a way to connect with Los Blancos fanbase whom he does not share the same nationality as.
In an interview with Soccer.com in 2019, Ronaldo said,
”I started to say ‘si’, it’s like ‘yes’, when I was in Real Madrid. When we would win, everyone would say ‘siiiii’ and so I started to say it. I don’t know why, it was natural.”
What’s more interesting is that the celebration’s debut was not during a competitive fixture. It was during a pre-season friendly against Chelsea in 2013 when he performed it. A decade later the celebration is still iconic.
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After that friendly which was played in the US, Ronaldo made the performance his signature celebration. He said,
‘‘I started to do it more often and I feel like the supporters and the fans see it and they’re like ‘Cristiano, siiiiiiuuuu’. I’m like ‘wow! People are reminded of me because of it!’. So it’s good, and I’ll continue doing it like that
Ronaldo still uses the celebrations as a part of his goal-scoring celebration and fans hope to continue seeing him perform the ‘siiuu’ until the end of his career.