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World Cup fans speculate Cristiano Ronaldos chin stroke celebration was dig at David de Gea

Why Cristiano Ronaldo stroked his chin during goal celebration vs Spain
Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates his first goal (Picture: AFP)

After a superb hat-trick hero performance, football fans have been speculating why Cristiano Ronaldo celebrated his first goal by stroking his chin?

A reference to him being the GOAT, a dig at David de Gea?

The debate has raged on since last night as Ronaldo became the 51st player to score a hat-trick at a World Cup.

Ronaldos first goal came via a penalty he won, and there was some mind games going on with Spains No.1 De Gea before the spot-kick was taken.

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De Gea stood in front of the ball in an attempt to rattle Ronaldo, but the Portugal captain smashed in the penalty regardless to put his side ahead after just three minutes.

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Ronaldo peeled off in celebration with his team-mates and could be seen stroking his chin at one point.

It was an unusual celebration and fans believe it was probably a swipe at De Gea and his beard.

Superb match this has been so far. Initially I thought Ronaldo's chin rub celebration was to mock Messi the GOAT. But then realized its him taking the piss out of De gea's beard ??? Whattay guy..?

— SAMPATH? (@trueindiangrit) June 15, 2018

epa06811043 Spain goalkeeper David de Gea (L) and Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo face off before Ronaldo takes a penalty and scores the opening goal during the FIFA World Cup 2018 group B preliminary round soccer match between Portugal and Spain in Sochi, Russia, 15 June 2018. (RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial Use Only, not used in association with any commercial entity - Images must not be used in any form of alert service or push service of any kind including via mobile alert services, downloads to mobile devices or MMS messaging - Images must appear as still images and must not emulate match action video footage - No alteration is made to, and no text or image is superimposed over, any published image which: (a) intentionally obscures or removes a sponsor identification image; or (b) adds or overlays the commercial identification of any third party which is not officially associated with the FIFA World Cup) EPA/FRIEDEMANN VOGEL EDITORIAL USE ONLY
David de Gea tried to put Ronaldo off (Picture: EPA)
Portugal's forward Cristiano Ronaldo (C) scores a penalty despite Spain's goalkeeper David De Gea during the Russia 2018 World Cup Group B football match between Portugal and Spain at the Fisht Stadium in Sochi on June 15, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Jewel SAMAD / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - NO MOBILE PUSH ALERTS/DOWNLOADSJEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images
But failed (Picture: AFP)

Ronaldo has sparked debate amongst football fans all around the world, from Messi fans to De Gea fans, by simply rubbing his chin in a celebration.

— Imran (@imranrahman_) June 15, 2018

I assumed Ronaldo was taking the piss out of De Gea with his celebration after the penalty as he was in his face before he took it but apparently he was implying he is the goat (greatest of all time). #POR #WorldCup

— Cooperdinho ?? (@NYCRFC) June 15, 2018

Portugal's forward Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates a goal after shooting a penalty kick during the Russia 2018 World Cup Group B football match between Portugal and Spain at the Fisht Stadium in Sochi on June 15, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Adrian DENNIS / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - NO MOBILE PUSH ALERTS/DOWNLOADSADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images
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Portugal's forward Cristiano Ronaldo (L) celebrates with teammates after scoring the opening goal during the Russia 2018 World Cup Group B football match between Portugal and Spain at the Fisht Stadium in Sochi on June 15, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Jonathan NACKSTRAND / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - NO MOBILE PUSH ALERTS/DOWNLOADSJONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images
Ronaldo stroked his chin during his celebration (Picture: AFP)
epa06811116 Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal celebrates after scoring the 1-0 lead from the penalty spot during the FIFA World Cup 2018 group B preliminary round soccer match between Portugal and Spain in Sochi, Russia, 15 June 2018. (RESTRICTIONS APPLY: Editorial Use Only, not used in association with any commercial entity - Images must not be used in any form of alert service or push service of any kind including via mobile alert services, downloads to mobile devices or MMS messaging - Images must appear as still images and must not emulate match action video footage - No alteration is made to, and no text or image is superimposed over, any published image which: (a) intentionally obscures or removes a sponsor identification image; or (b) adds or overlays the commercial identification of any third party which is not officially associated with the FIFA World Cup) EPA/FRIEDEMANN VOGEL EDITORIAL USE ONLY
It could be a dig at De Gea (Picture: EPA)

Bruh Ronaldos celebration mocking De Geas facial hair was great

— Garrison Stripling (@GarrisonStrips) June 15, 2018

Looks like that celebration from Ronaldo after his first goal was also for De Gea. #WorldCup #PORESP

— Hassan. ?? (@mhamirza) June 15, 2018

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