EGYPTIAN fencer Mohamed Elsayed celebrated a stunning victory at Tokyo 2020 by copying Cristiano Ronaldo’s iconic ‘siuuu’ goal salute.
The 18-year-old launched into a victory charge that ended in Portugal legend Ronaldo‘s famous leap, turn and shout after beating three-time world champ Yannick Borel.
Mohamed Elsayed roared with sheer joy after a shock win over Yannick Borel
France’s 2016 Olympic gold medallist Borel looked shellshocked as ecstatic Elsayed lapped up his first-round upset win at the Tokyo 2020 epee event
The teenage prospect backed it up by defeating China’s Lan Minghao 15-9 before Ukraine ace Ihor Reizlin KO’d him 15-13 in the quarter-finals.
But if he keeps displaying the swagger he showed after overcoming Borrel then he has a spectacular career ahead of him.
He jumps high, spins round and cries out “siuuu!”.
The former Manchester United hero explained its origins to DAZN Italia.
He said: “I started to say ‘Si’, which is like ‘yes’ when I was at Real Madrid.
Cristiano ronaldo claims his swaggering siuuu celebration helps connect with fans
Teenager Mohamed Elsayed let it all out after his first-round epee victory but was knocked out in the quarter-finals
“When we win, everyone says ‘SIUUU’ and I started to say it, I don’t know why. It was natural
“I always say, the best things come in a natural way.”
Ron reckons the gesture helps him connect with fans around the world – which would make it ideal for the global spirit that the Olympics attempts to create and build on.
He told website Soccer.com of the very first time he used it.
Ron said: “We were playing a game against Chelsea in the United States, and it just came to my mind.
“I just scored and I yelled ‘si’ (yes). It was truly a natural thing.
“I started doing that from that day on, and fans seem to like it,” Cristiano told the aforementioned website.
“Later on, people on the street stopped me to yell at me ‘Cristiano, siiiuuu’, they bonded with me through the celebration and I decided to keep it up.”
At half Ronaldo’s age, Elsayed should certainly have plenty more opportunities to use it.