Cristiano Ronaldo Explains Genesis of Famous Sii Celebration

Cristiano Ronaldo Explains Genesis of Famous Sii Celebration

Rene Otinga
September 14, 2021 at 1:41 PM
  • Ronaldo has developed a unique and distinct celebration style in recent years
  • The celebration, dubbed "Siiiiu", involves the forward running up to the corner flag before leaping in a 180-degree turn
  • In 2019, the Portuguese superstar opened up on how he developed the celebration which has become quite iconic
  • Manchester United winger Jesse Lingard recently mimicked the celebration after scoring for England
  • Ronaldo, meanwhile, also did the celebration twice after scoring a brace in his second debut for Manchester United on Saturday, September 11

Have you ever wondered where Juventus superstar Cristiano Ronaldo got his trademark Siii celebration?

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Cristiano Ronaldo did the "Siiu" celebration when he scored the opener for Manchester United on Saturday. Photo by Clive Brunskill.
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Ronaldo finally came forward to explain the motivation behind his celebration and it dates back several years.

The 34-year old, since leaving Manchester United for Real Madrid in 2009, became a household name not only in Spain, but the world over, and many young upcoming players looked up to him.

Cristiano Ronaldo explains genesis of famous Sii celebration
Ronaldo derived the Sii celebration from Real Madrid fans. Photo: Getty Images
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Over the years with Los Blancos, Ronaldo became famous for his goal-scoring prowess and his high jump celebration while issuing a celebratory scream.

In an exclusive interview with in 2019, the Portuguese superstar revealed he derived the mid-air pirouette celebration from Real Madrid fans.

Cristiano Ronaldo explains genesis of famous Sii celebration
Ronaldo's Sii celebration dates back to his Real Madrid years. Photo: Getty Images
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"I started saying it when I was at Real Madrid," he said in a snippet of the interview.

According to Ronaldo, Spanish fans were slightly different from those in England as they had a tendency to scream “Sii” which is Spanish for “Yes”.

"When we all won, they said 'siiii!'. I started saying it, I don't know why. It came naturally to me,” he said as quoted by Goal.

He went on to reveal that following the connection with the Madrid fans, his celebration that followed the Sii slogan came naturally after that.

"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, who recently won Serie A player of the year, further explained.

During the 2014 Ballon d’Or award ceremony, Ronaldo vocalised the celebration after winning the coveted award, and fans have associated him with the shout ever since.

At 36, the Sii celebrations are set to continue as Ronaldo is still in sparkling form, and it was exhibited once again in Manchester United's latest Premier League win against Newcastle on Saturday, September 11.

He scored twice in front of a mammoth Old Trafford crowd to help his side to a comprehensive 4-1 victory over the Magpies in a win that sent Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men top of the table.

It was all too perfect for Ronaldo on the day, and his mother Dolores Aveiro was spotted in a ball of emotions after her son’s first goal, which erupted fans at the Stretford end.

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