Andros Townsend defends his ‘Ronaldo style celebration’ says it’s a ‘mark of respect’ to the football idol

By Obiajulu Chiagoziem

Manchester United’s misery yet again continues as they struggled against Everton in their weekend game at the old Trafford stadium.

United hosted Everton this weekend and yet again, were unable to secure the needed three points.

Anthony Martial opened the scoring board as the match ended in favour of Manchester United in the first half. However, a goal from Andros Townsend saw the match ending in a draw.

Speculations have been ongoing about Townsend’s celebration, following the goal, as he imitated Cristiano Ronaldo’s celebration style.

Addressing the speculations on whether his celebration style was in mockery of Ronaldo or he was imitating him, Townsend told BT Sport: “Not imitating, it’s just a mark of respect to a guy who influenced my career.”

“I spent many hours on the training pitch and in the video room trying to analyse his free-kicks and his step-overs and the way he dedicated himself to football. 

“So, it wasn’t an imitation; it was a mark of respect to one of my idols. 

“I probably didn’t do the celebration justice and didn’t execute it properly!” he concluded.

Andros Townsend is a graduate of the Tottenham Hotspur academy and featuring in various England youth teams, Townsend was initially loaned out to several League One and then Championship clubs, including limited Tottenham appearances, before gaining his Premier League debut on 16 September 2012.

After further limited appearances and then a half-season loan to Premier League club Queens Park Rangers, Townsend established himself as a Tottenham player for the 2013–14 and 2014–15 seasons.

He subsequently fell out of favour at Tottenham, and following a short spell at Newcastle United in the 2015–16 season, he transferred to Crystal Palace in the summer of 2016.

In his senior international career, Townsend earned his first England cap on 11 October 2013, and has gone on to make thirteen appearances, scoring three goals.

Presently, he’s on free transfer at Everton.