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'Ronaldo's Celebration Is A Statement'

Cristiano Ronaldo's trademark goal celebration is a statement, according to a former Portugal star.

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The Manchester United star's "SIUUU" action has become one of football's most iconic celebrations and has been mimicked by a number of other players in recent years.

Former Portugal star Paulo Sousa is a big fan of his countryman's celebration, especially the one against Villarreal in the UEFA Champions League.

"The feedback I had from his coaches is that even from that age, everything he did was focused on achieving as much as possible," Sousa told The Sunday Times.

"I loved his celebration [when Ronaldo ripped his top off after scoring a late winner against Villarreal in the Champions League this season].

"The way he commemorates his goals is a statement: 'I am here'."

Sousa is now managing another superstar in Robert Lewandowski with the Poland national side, and revealed that the striker is one of the smartest players he's worked with.

"He is always demanding, to myself and my staff," Sousa added.

"Any time we are talking about our opponents, showing the analysis and explaining our strategy for the game, he always has questions.

"He is one of the most clever players I ever coached or played with."

Here are 10 sportsmen who have copied Ronaldo's celebration in the past: 

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