An Egyptian fencer celebrated victory at the Olympics by performing Cristiano Ronaldo’s trademark ‘SIUU!’.
Mohamed Elsayed, 18, carried out a huge upset when he knocked out Yannick Borel, a three-time world champion, in the first round in Tokyo.
The Frenchman was the overwhelming favourite for the epee bout, having won gold at the 2016 Olympics in Rio.
But Elsayed came out on top and celebrated wildly by channelling his inner CR7. Full of passion, whisked off his mask, sprinted off and jumped in the air while hosting his arms out – imitating Ronaldo’s iconic celebration.
The celebration has gone viral on social media, with staunch Ronaldo fans in particular loving it:
18 year old Egyptian Olympian M. Elsayed did Cristiano Ronaldo’s ‘SIUUU’ celebration after defeating 3-time World Champion, Y. Borrel at the Tokyo Olympics.
— The CR7 Timeline. (@TimelineCR7) July 25, 2021
@Cristiano fazendo escola até nas olimpíadas de esgrima 🤺, o jovem egípicio Mohamed Elsayed de 18 anos, comemorou igual o pai na sua vitória hoje contra o seu adversário francês. 🙆♂️ #Siiiiiii pic.twitter.com/rbGMpTsweP
— CR7 MIL GRAU (@MILGRAUCR7) July 26, 2021
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After winning the match, the Egyptian athlete Mohamed Elsayed got drunk on Ronaldo’s famous “Siiiiii” celebration.
Cristiano Ronaldo is not only a footballer he is inspiration to billions of people.#Toyko2020 #OlympicGames #CR7 pic.twitter.com/Q6wZIyaGc2
— neyamul ahmed alid (@neyamul_ahmed_) July 26, 2021
Most unexpected celebration of the year goes to… this guy 🏆 pic.twitter.com/03Izw3tqVG
— FIFA 22 News (@UltimateTeamUK) July 25, 2021
For years now, Ronaldo has been celebrating goals in the same way and even getting the whole stadium to shout ‘SIUU’ in unison.
He also did it at the 2015 ceremony when he won the Ballon d’Or.
“The scream? The players know I always do that shout when I score a goal or when we win,” he told Cuatro, explaining where the celebration came from.
“It’s our team shout, from Real Madrid.”
Elsayed was eventually eliminated in the quarter-finals, losing to Ihor Reizlin of Ukraine.