- Ghana winger Osman Bukari has stated that he was not disrespecting Ronaldo after hitting the siuu celebration
- Osman Bukari scored his first-ever goal at the World Cup in the Group H opener against Portugal on Thursday
- The Red Star Belgrade forward has now scored two goals for the senior national team of Ghana
Osman Bukari has explained his decision to perform the iconic Ronaldo 'Siuuu' celebration in front of his idol during the game between Ghana and Portugal in the Group H opener.
Fans took to social media to label the player as disrespectful for hitting the 'siuu' celebration while Ronaldo was watching on the bench.
In a post on social media, the Red Star Belgrade rejected claims of disrespect as he paid tribute to Ronaldo.
"I have noticed my celebration today has generated comments claiming I was disrespectful towards Ronaldo. This is incorrect. I was overcome by the emotion of the moment of scoring for my country on my World Cup debut leading to my celebration," he wrote on Twitter.
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"My upbringing doesn’t permit me to be disrespectful to elders let alone one of my idols. Thanks for your support and we focus on our next game!," he added.
Ronaldo opened the scoring from the spot and performed his famous celebration but his lead lasted for only seven minutes after Andre Ayew levelled for the Black Stars.
The 2016 European champions scored two quick-fire goals through Joao Felix and Rafael Leao before Bukari netted a consolation for Ghana.
Osman Bukari performs siuu celebration in front of Ronaldo
Earlier, Sports Brief reported that Osman Bukari performed Ronaldo's famous 'siuuu' celebration after netting on his World Cup debut for the Black Stars of Ghana.
The Red Star Belgrade forward, who was a second half substitute, reduced the deficit as the Black Stars lost 3-2 at the Stadium 974. Osman Bukari has performed the 'siuuu' celebration in the presence of Cristiano Ronaldo after scoring on his World Cup debut.
In a video posted on social media, the winger - who headed home from a Baba Rahman cross - celebrated in front of his idol.
Ghana lose in five-goal thriller against Portugal
Five second-half goals ensured Portugal beat Ghana in their opening Group H game at the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
Cristiano Ronaldo scored in his fifth World Cup, and Joao Felix and Rafael Leao also netted for the Europeans, while Ghana reduced the deficit through Andre Ayew and Osman Bukari.
Portugal began the game dominating possession, winning a corner kick after just three minutes, but the set piece was well-defended by the Black Stars.