Andros Townsend: What I said to Cristiano Ronaldo after I copied him

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Scroll through the gallery to see Andros Townsend
Scroll through the gallery to see Andros Townsend mimicking Cristiano Ronaldo's goal celebration at Old Trafford

Everton star Andros Townsend has revealed the exchange he had with Cristiano Ronaldo after he imitated the Portugal star's goal celebration when he scored against Manchester United on the weekend. 

While, in some quarters, it may have been considered controversial of Townsend to copy Ronaldo's famous celebration at Old Trafford, the Toffees winger has opened up about what transpired leading up to that moment in the 1-1 Premier League draw.

Scroll through the gallery above to see Townsend mimicking Ronaldo's celebration at Old Trafford

"We were discussing it [the celebration] on the coach the day before on the way up to Manchester," Townsend told talkSPORT. 

"The boys were saying, would you do it if you scored? 

"I said 'yeah', but the one thing they said was [to] make sure you are winning or it is late in the game, so Ronaldo doesn't have a chance to reply. 

"I got a bit carried away, almost buckled and fell on my back, I looked up at the clock and it was 65 minutes.  

"I gave the greatest player half an hour to make me look silly and score the winner. Thankfully, he didn't. 

"[I went] very early, every ball that went into the box, I thought 'He is going to make me look a complete fool'. Thankfully, we held out for the point in the end."

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Townsend also explained what was said between him and the Portuguese superstar, who was visibly annoyed as he walked off the pitch, at full-time.

"I made it my goal that I was not leaving Old Trafford without Cristiano Ronaldo's shirt," he added.

"You saw after the final whistle, I ran straight to him, I don't know what he was muttering but it wasn’t English. 

"He was muttering in Portuguese and I asked him three or four times for his shirt, and eventually he gave in and said he would give it to me inside. 

"I had to wait inside the dressing room and, thankfully, the kit man was able to sort it for me.  

"That shirt I am going to keep with me." 

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