Andros Townsend said he replicates Cristiano Ronaldo’s celebration as a mark of respect to the Manchester United forward, after his goal earned Everton a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford.
The Everton winger finished a slick counterattack in the second half.
His strikes cancel out Anthony Martial’s opener struck before the break and ensure the Premier League game ended all-square.
The 30-year-old celebrated by copied Ronaldo’s famous trademark run to the corner flag afterwards.
But has now claimed that it was not meant to be anything other than a tribute to the Red Devils man.
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“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 stepovers 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.”
Since his arrival at Everton from Crystal Palace over the off-season.
Townsend has impressed, arguably rediscovering the finest form of his career at Goodison Park.
With five goals in nine games, he admits that he is ecstatic with his game right now, adding:
“I’m loving my football and I’m so happy to have the opportunity to play for Everton.
“I’ve said I should be scoring on a more consistent basis.
For one reason or another, I’ve never done it over the course of the season.
It’s been a good start but I’m capable of much more.”