Manchester United star Bruno Fernandes has revealed that his well-known goal celebration was actually inspired by his three-year-old daughter’s cheekiness at home.
The 26-year-old playmaker has been a revelation since joining United in a £67m deal back in January and was even awarded the Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year award, after scoring 12 times in 20 outings.
With those 12 strikes – and one more already in 2020/21 – United fans have begun to get used to seeing Fernandes’ trademark celebration.
“I like to come home after a match and hear, ‘I love you, but you really should’ve scored today. Good passing, yes. But many missed chances,'” Fernandes wrote, while discussing his relationship with criticism.
“Sometimes I even hear it [criticism] from my daughter Matilde. And she’s only three!”
“But her criticism is a bit different. You see, when she was very little, she started messing with me and my wife. We would ask her to put away her toys or something, and she would put her hands over her ears pretending she was not listening. ‘Blah, blah, blah, I can’t hear you, daddy.’
“I found it really funny, so that’s why I started celebrating my goals by putting my hands over my ears.
“Matilde would watch me on TV and she started to understand that it had a meaning — that it was all for her. So now if I forget to do it, or even if the TV cameras don’t catch me doing it, it’s a problem. As soon as I come home she asks me, ‘Why didn’t you do it, daddy???’
“Hahaha, this is my life, you see?”
Earlier this month, the Portugal international announced the birth of his second child. Time will tell if he is forced to come up with a brand new celebration.