By Max Parsons
A meme, an annoying catchphrase adopted by annoying YouTubers, an iconic goal celebration.
Virtually everything Cristiano Ronaldo does causes a worldwide frenzy and his famous ‘Yes’ celebration, in which he showcases his astounding athleticism by imposingly leaping into a frighteningly wide stance and yelling ‘Yes’, is no exception.
We’ve seen it done too many times to count – from impersonators in football and beyond, as well as the Portuguese player himself – but where does it come from and what does it actually mean?
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When did Cristiano Ronaldo celebrate the “Yes” for the first time?
While it seems like a phenomenon that has only arrived in recent seasons, it was actually way back in 2013 that the Portuguese all-time top scorer did it for the first time.
Nearly a decade ago, the then Real Madrid player starred in a pre-season friendly against Chelsea, in which his brace helped Los Blancos to a 3-1 victory over the Blues to finish the International Champions Cup .
After a splendid free kick for his first (celebrated with trademark arrogance), Ronaldo headed past Petr Cech for his brace, after which he pulled away and unleashed what would become one of the most famous and recreated celebrations of all Timing: Watch the first unfolding of the “Si” celebration in the opening seconds of the video above.
What does Cristiano Ronaldo’s ‘Yes’ celebration mean?
Well, as you may have guessed, it literally means “yes”. And, to be honest, there’s not much more. Explaining his origins in 2019, Ronaldo said:
“I started saying ‘yes’, it’s like ‘yes’, when I was at Real Madrid.
“When we were going to win,” he continued, “everyone was like ‘yessss’ and so I started saying it. I don’t know why, it was natural.
“I was in the United States and we played Chelsea and I don’t know where that comes from, the celebration. I just scored the goal and it just came out. It was natural, actually.
“Since then, I’ve started doing it more often and it seems to me that the fans and the fans see it and say ‘Cristiano, siiiiiiiuuuu’,” he said. “I’m like ‘wow! People remember me for this!’ So that’s fine and I’ll keep doing it that way.
This article was originally posted on 90min.com as The celebration of Cristiano Ronaldo’s goal – he explained.
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