Alejandro Garnacho Does Ronaldo's ‘Calma’ Celebration After Scoring for Man United

Alejandro Garnacho Does Ronaldo's ‘Calma’ Celebration After Scoring for Man United

Rene Otinga
updated at February 13, 2024 at 11:54 AM
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  • Alejandro Garnacho continued his form for Man United with a goal against Galatasaray
  • The Red Devils needed to win against the Turkish giants to keep their UCL hopes alive
  • Garnacho opened the scoring and proceeded to pay tribute to his idol Cristiano Ronaldo

Alejandro Garnacho continued to publicly exhibit his admiration for Cristiano Ronaldo with yet another goal celebration paying homage to the Portuguese superstar.

Fresh from scoring a stunning goal against Everton over the weekend, Garnacho was in the starting XI as Manchester United came up against Galatasaray in the UEFA Champions League.

United coach, Erik ten Hag’s men knew nothing short of a win would be suitable for them, having won just once in their opening four group games of the European elite competition.

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Alejandro Garnacho celebrates after scoring the team's first goal vs Galatasaray at the Ali Sami Yen Arena on November 29, 2023 in Istanbul, Turkey. Photo by BSR Agency
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According to UEFA's website, Bayern Munich are already through to the last 16 in Group A and the last knockout spot was being contested by United, Galatasaray, and Danish side FC Copenhagen.

Garnacho opens the scoring for United

It didn’t take long for United to establish a lead on Wednesday, November 29, as Garnacho found space inside the box and fired a fierce shot past goalkeeper, Fernando Muslera for his first UCL goal after good work from Scott McTominay.

The Argentine youngster has now scored his second goal in as many games and interestingly also performed his second Cristiano Ronaldo-themed celebration in a matter of days.

As he wheeled away in celebration, 19-year-old Garnacho performed the famous 'Calma' celebration which is so familiar among fans of the Portuguese veteran.

Ronaldo made the celebration go global after performing it during El Clasico, particularly when Real Madrid faced Barcelona at Camp Nou.

Garnacho’s latest goal celebration can easily be seen as a rejoinder to critics, who were critical of his initial celebration after scoring a bicycle kick against Everton.

Former Barcelona midfielder, Arturo Vidal was among the most vocal in calling out the young Argentine for his celebration. He said, via Twitch:

"It’s good that he is his idol, respect for that, but then he has to make his name. How are you going to celebrate a goal and remember it? I don’t know, celebrate it another way," Vidal commented.

United went on to surrender a two-goal lead twice, with the match ending in a 3-3 draw.

Ziyech side-eyes Garnacho

Sports Brief also reported on an interesting incident that saw Hakim Ziyech give Garnacho the ‘eye’, moments before scoring against Manchester United.

Galatasaray and the Red Devils delivered a Champions League classic on Wednesday night, with the two sides battling each other to a thrilling 3-3 draw.

Garnacho got the party started with the opening goal in the 11th minute, with fans pointing out that his celebration marked a turning point in the game.

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Rene Otinga is a sports journalist with over eight years of working experience in digital media. Rene's experience includes working as a Copywriter at X News Kenya and