When he scored Ghana’s second goal in a five-goal thriller against Portugal, striker Osman Bukari sparked controversy. Overwhelmed by the moment, he staged a passionate repeat of five-time Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo’s ‘siu’ celebration after heading the ball into the net to make Portugal 3-2 Ghana.
Bukari copying Ronaldo’s celebration caused a stir on social media. Many fans accused the Red Star Belgrade player of disrespecting the living legend in the heat of battle. Bukari has now broken silence on the allegations and clarified that he meant no disrespect.
Bukari took to Twitter after the brave performance, writing: “I noticed my celebration today has sparked comments claiming I was disrespectful to Ronaldo. This is incorrect. I was overwhelmed by the emotion of the moment I scored for my country on my World Cup debut that led to my celebration.”
“My upbringing does not allow me to be disrespectful to the elderly, let alone one of my idols. Thank you for your support and we will focus on our next game!” Bukari tweeted.
to be disrespectful to the elderly let alone one of my idols.
Thanks for your support and we’ll focus on our next game! — Osman Bukari (@OsmanBukari9) November 24, 2022
Osman Bukari had scored the fifth and final goal of the thrilling match, finishing in the stands. After a dry first half, goals abounded during the second half of Portugal vs Ghana’s Group H match of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
Ronaldo kicked off the goal storm with a record-breaking penalty, making him the only player in history to score in five FIFA World Cups. Ghana soon equalized as their captain Andre Ayew tapped in from close range. Portugal then rioted, shooting two quick goals with fine finishes from Joao Felix and substitute Raphael Leao. Just before the clock struck 90 minutes, Bukari headed in to give Portugal some extra time.
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