Cristiano Ronaldo’s first Champions League goal for Juventus was an absolute stunner – but the way he celebrated it has come been brutally mocked online.
The Portuguese superstar broke the deadlock against his former club Manchester United, and proceeded to celebrate in exuberant fashion.
But while many labelled his six-pack celebration as ‘cringeworthy’, that anger has now turned into a mockery with a host of users producing epic memes to counter it – including United star Jesse Lingard:
Les twittos s’amusent déjà de la célébration de Cristiano Ronaldo ! pic.twitter.com/c28FAvfpkT
— Instant Foot ⭐⭐ (@lnstantFoot) November 8, 2018
Ronaldo's celebration looks familiar… 🤔🤔
— Lincoln City 1884 (@LincolnCity1884) November 8, 2018
Ronaldo's celebration reminded me of the friend that starts going to the gym for around 2 weeks and then takes his shirt off at every opportunity. pic.twitter.com/OWximBrIvo
— Betin (@BetinKenya) November 8, 2018
Ronaldo’s abs knew from the start. pic.twitter.com/ehqqeVYcra
— Lara Olivier (@Lar7aOli4) November 8, 2018
— Mejargraphy (@mejar412) November 7, 2018
Ronaldo momentarily came back to haunt his old club on Wednesday, netting a sublime volleyed goal for Juventus against Manchester United.
In his third Champions League match with his new club, Ronaldo bagged his first European goal, and it was well worth the wait.
At 0-0 in the second half of Wednesday’s Champions League match, he scored a stunning volley to give Juve a 1-0 lead in Turin.
The Portuguese superstar latched onto an overhead ball from by Leonardo Bonucci, striking first-time to leave David de Gea with no chance.
And didn’t he celebrate in style, lifting up his shirt to reveal his rippling six-pack.
Unfortunately his effort was in vain as United scored two late goals to snatch an unthinkable 2-1 win.
Juve appeared to be sailing through to the knockout phase as Group H winners, but substitute Juan Mata drew the visitors level and an Alex Sandro own goal completed a remarkable finish.
United appeared to have a little more about them than they did when taught a footballing lesson by Juve at Old Trafford two weeks ago, though the hosts still controlled the first half and almost scored when Sami Khedira hit the post.
After Paulo Dybala hit the bar, there was to be no denying Ronaldo’s sumptuous effort 25 minutes from the end, but Mata struck with a fine free-kick and then Alex Sandro bundled into his own net at the death, meaning Juve have not yet secured qualification.
Danny Welbeck hospitalised after gruesome ankle injury
Arsenal star Danny Welbeck has been hospitalised after suffering a horrific ankle injury in a Europa League clash.
In a rare start for the English striker, disaster struck in the 24th minute of play after he attempted to score from a cross.
Welbeck’s ankle buckled underneath him as he writhed around the pitch in pain, with his teammates looking on in disbelief and shock.
Medics immediately stormed the pitch with a stretcher in tow, as Welbeck was oxygenated whilst his leg was put in a splint before making his way from the pitch.
Gunners great Martin Keown commented on the incident that sent shockwaves through Welbeck’s Arsenal teammates – particularly young guns Matteo Guendouzi and Emile Smith-Rowe.
“When you see that on the pitch it is always a bit shocking. It reflects on the players’ faces,” Keown said.
“He is one of the nicest men I’ve met in football. He is the heart and soul of the football club and he’s been desperately unlucky with injuries.”
Arsenal coach Unai Emery echoed Keown’s comments, saying the disturbing injury affected the performance of his players.
Guendouzi's reaction to Danny Welbeck's💔🙌🏻
— Arsène faris (@gnris12) November 8, 2018
“This is the worst news tonight. It’s clear he was playing well and had chances,” Emery said in the post-match press conference.
“His injury also affected the mentality of the players as they could see it was a big injury.”
Arsenal booked a place in the Europa League knockout stage and extended their unbeaten run to 15 matches despite a 0-0 draw with Sporting Lisbon, but Welbeck’s injury overshadowed the feat.
Former Manchester United teammate Nani was lauded for his classy gesture to comfort Welbeck, as he made his way from the field on a stretcher.