Messi, Ronaldo and Other Players Who Held Shirts to Celebrate After Enzo Fernandez

Messi, Ronaldo and Other Players Who Held Shirts to Celebrate After Enzo Fernandez

Elijah Odetokun
updated at February 8, 2024 at 3:03 PM
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  • Enzo Fernandez scored a brilliant free kick for Chelsea against Aston Villa
  • The Argentine star held up his shirt to the fans to reiterate his commitment
  • Ronaldinho has been credited as the first player to perform the celebration

Enzo Fernandez breathed a sigh of relief when he blasted a brilliant free-kick past national teammate, Emiliano Martinez, and helped Chelsea beat Aston Villa in the FA Cup replay.

There had been rumours that the midfielder wanted to move away a year after joining the club. He held up his shirt to celebrate in front of the fans, reiterating his commitment.

Enzo Fernandez, Chelsea, Aston Villa, FA Cup, Villa Park.
Enzo Fernandez held his shirt in front of Chelsea fans after scoring against Aston Villa. Photo by Joe Prior.
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The 24-year-old’s telling celebration was backed by an interview from his agent, Uriel Perez, who rubbished claims his clients want to leave.

Sports Brief looks at four other players who have done the celebration.

Players who did shirt celebrations

1. Ronaldinho

Per Marca, the Brazilian legend was the first notable footballer to do the celebration during his time at Paris Saint-Germain in 2002. He repeated the celebration for Barcelona after scoring against AC Milan in the UEFA Champions League.

2. Marcelo

Another Brazilian, Marcelo, did what is now becoming an iconic celebration in 2014 when Real Madrid won their 10th Champions League, famously referred to as La Decima.

3. Lionel Messi

Messi scored a last-minute winner in a 3-2 victory over Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu in 2017. He removed his shirt and held it up in front of the away fans. Madrid won the title that season with three points despite his heroics.

4. Cristiano Ronaldo

Months after Messi's celebration in front of Madrid fans, Cristiano Ronaldo imitated it in front of Barcelona fans when he scored against Barcelona at Camp Nou in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup.

Top six iconic Messi celebrations

Sports Brief reported on the top six Messi's iconic celebration after he went on a series of goal jubilations in his first few games for Inter Miami.

The eight-time Ballon d'Or winner has quite some celebrations in his catalogue – from kissing his boot against Manchester United in 2009 to dedicating a goal to the late Diego Maradona.

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Elijah Odetokun is Reuters-trained journalist with three years of experience having previously worked at Daily Times Nigeria, OmaSports and El Futbolero.