Cristiano Ronaldo has explained the origin of his famous ‘siiiiii’ celebration in an exclusive interview with DAZN.
The Juventus star has become known for the celebration, in which he performs a mid-air pirouette before exclaiming “si!” – which is Spanish for “yes!” – upon landing.
Fans have become accustomed to seeing the famed celebration on a regular basis, as the 34-year-old continues to find the net with major frequency.
Ronaldo reached 10 Serie A goals for the current season with a towering header against Sampdoria on Wednesday, after he netted 21 league goals in 2018-19 in his first season with Juventus after his move from Real Madrid.
The Portugal star’s trademark celebration developed during a pre-season with the Spanish giants, as he explained in an interview with DAZN.
“I started saying it when I was at Real Madrid,” Ronaldo said in a snippet from an interview that will be released in full on December 26.
“When we all won, they said ‘siiii!’. I started saying it, I don’t know why. It came naturally to me.
“I remember the preseason in Los Angeles. We played against Chelsea, I scored a goal and I did this (mimics the celebration).
“People asked me: ‘why did you do it?’ I don’t know. I did it, I turned around, but naturally, because I always say that the best things happen in a natural way.”
Ronaldo vocalized the celebration on stage after winning the 2014 Ballon d’Or in a moment that left some bewildered by the outburst.
FIFA’s translator was taken aback by it and some of the attendees, such as then-Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti, could be seen laughing.
“The scream? The players know I always do that shout when I score a goal or when we win,” Ronaldo told Spanish TV station Cuatro afterwards.
“It’s our shout, from Real Madrid.”
After helping Juventus to their eighth consecutive Serie A title in his debut season with the club, Ronaldo’s side have a three-point advantage over Inter this term, with Inter maintaining a game in hand.
In the Champions League Juve have advanced to the last 16, where they will face Lyon in a two-leg tie that will begin on February 26.