On Sunday, November 26th, 2023, Alejandro Garnacho [AG17], the young Argentine who plays for Manchester United, scored a stunning overhead goal that got naysayers stoic, stolid, and awestruck.
In their last five games played both at Old Trafford and Goodison Park, Manchester United had won three games, drawn one game, and lost the other.
Everton FC were dealt a ten-point deduction as penance for breaching Financial Fair Play regulations. They had to, and were resolute to, win all three points on their home grounds. The Toffee supporters needed some joy and hope, and this match had prepared the ground for such expectations.
Unfortunately, AG17 and his MUFC teammates had other plans. At 1630 hours, the center referee, John Brooks, whistled to start the game. Supporters of both teams cheered on their players. The home crowd was invigorating, and likewise, the away fans were buzzing with enthusiasm.
Suddenly, the whole congregation of away supporters erupted into thunderous applause three minutes into the game. Stylish, sizeless, sizzling Garnacho put United in front with a Ronaldo-esque bicycle kick. He had scored a goal similar to or better than Rooney’s goal against Manchester City in 2011.
The young footballer, born in Spain some 19 years ago, had become the sensational topic for the week.
Some old and current players eulogized him. Many said great and beautiful things about the young chap. Everton lost the match by conceding three unanswered goals, further plunging them lower into the abyss of possible relegation.
Arturo Vidal, despite praising Garnacho, criticized the young player for imitating CR7’s “SIUUU.” He opined, “The only bad thing, or what I didn’t understand, is why he celebrates like Cristiano?
He has to make his own name. He is already a great player. It’s good that he is his idol; respect for that, but then he has to make his name.
How are you going to celebrate a goal and remember it? I don’t know; celebrate it another way. But it was a great goal; it was a great goal.”
Is his statement a call to get Garnacho to invent a personal goal celebration, or is he just hating on either the boy or CR7 and the “SIUUU” celebration?