Ghana player revealed why he did copied Ronaldo’s celebration after being criticized for disrespecting Cristiano.
Osman Bukari, a star for Ghana, has responded to criticism that he showed “disrespect” to Cristiano Ronaldo by performing his signature “si” celebration during Portugal’s 3-2 victory.
On Thursday, Ronaldo, who is reportedly competing in his final World Cup match, gave Portugal the lead with a penalty kick in the second half.
At the Stadium 974 in Doha, Ghana’s skipper Andre Ayew overcame Ronaldo’s opening goal eight minutes later to give his nation a chance.
Joao Felix regained Portugal’s lead in the 78th minute, and Rafael Leao added to it two minutes later as Portugal recovered from Ayew’s equalizer.
Bukari, who came on in the second half to replace Mohammed Kudus, gave Ghana a chance to win just before the end of regulation with a stunning header past Portugal’s No. 1 Diogo Costa.
The 23-year-old Red Star Belgrade winger spun off in joy, copying Ronaldo’s celebration by doing the Portuguese captain’s “si” gesture.
Portugal secured a crucial World Cup victory over Ghana by maintaining their narrow lead over a tense injury time period.
With a point each, South Korea and Uruguay are second and third in Group H, respectively, after the Euro 2016 champions’ victory over Ghana.
Fans criticized Bukari for performing the “si” celebration during Portugal’s victory because they thought the Red Star Belgrade player was disrespecting them.
The Ghanaian star, however, insists that accusations that he was disrespectful of Ronaldo are “incorrect” and that he was “overcome by the emotion” of scoring for his nation.
Bukari posted on social media, “I have observed my celebration today has produced remarks stating I was disrespectful towards Cristiano Ronaldo.”
“This is mistaken. When I scored for my nation in my first World Cup, I was overcome with emotion, which led to a celebration.
My background forbids me from disrespecting seniors, much less one of my idols. We appreciate your help and are concentrating on our upcoming match.
On Monday, Portugal will resume play in the World Cup when they take on Uruguay at the Lusail Stadium.
On Monday, Ghana, who is currently last in Group H, will play South Korea at the Education City Stadium.