Ghana star Osman Bukari has revealed why he did Cristiano Ronaldo's famous "Siu" celebration during their 3-2 defeat to Portugal on Thursday night, seemingly upsetting the ex-Manchester United superstar in the process.
Fernando Santos' side began their 2022 FIFA World Cup with a 3-2 win over Ghana as they boosted their chances of qualifying for the knockout stages of the tournament.
After the European nation had taken a 3-1 lead in the clash, Ghana forward Bukari met a cross from the left to score with a header past goalkeeper Diogo Costa.
The winger then ran towards the corner flag and did Ronaldo's "Siu" celebration, which appeared to upset the five-time Ballon d'Or winner, who could be seen throwing up his hands and uttering some angry words after Bukari's actions.
After widespread criticism for his choice of celebration, the Red Star Belgrade forward has since insisted that no offence was intended.
"I have noticed my celebration today has generated comments claiming I was disrespectful towards Cristiano Ronaldo," Bukari wrote on his official Twitter account."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.
"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!"
With Ronaldo also scoring in the clash when he dispatched a penalty past Ghana shot-stopper Lawrence Ati-Zigi, he became the first men's player ever to score in five World Cups.
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