Why Cristiano Ronaldo decided to grow ‘lucky’ goatee for FIFA World Cup 2018

Cristiano Ronaldo, who surpassed Ferenc Puskas to take sole possession of second on the career international scoring list, sported a new look ahead of the match against Morocco in the FIFA World Cup 2018
Cristiano Ronaldo sported a new look ahead of Portugal’s FIFA World Cup 2018 encounter against Morocco.(Twitter)
Cristiano Ronaldo sported a new look ahead of Portugal’s FIFA World Cup 2018 encounter against Morocco.(Twitter)
Updated on Jun 21, 2018 08:31 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent

Cristiano Ronaldo is growing a ‘lucky’ goatee after a joke with Portugal team-mate Ricardo Quaresma.

The Real Madrid superstar headed an early winner as Portugal edged out Morocco on Wednesday, putting the Euro 2016 champions within a point of qualifying for the FIFA World Cup 2018 knockout stages.

Following his hat-trick in Friday’s thrilling 3-3 Group B draw with Spain, Ronaldo is currently leading the race to win the FIFA World Cup 2018 Golden Boot.

Ronaldo displayed new facial hair for the game and revealed the inspiration for the goatee in his post-match press conference. Portugal’s captain said: “This goatee? It’s a joke I had with [Ricardo] Quaresma. 

“We were in the sauna [before Friday’s match against Spain] and I started to shave and I left the goatee - I said if I score tomorrow I would leave it for the rest of the tournament.

“And it gave me luck, I scored that game, I scored this one, so it stays.”

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 The goatee quickly became famous on social media and Twitter users did not waste any time in producing their take on the development. Few users thought that it was a result of Cristiano Ronaldo’s celebration after his first goal against Spain while few others thought that the facial hair is a message for Lionel Messi in the GOAT (Greatest Of All Time) debate.

Here’s a look at some of the tweets -

(With inputs from Omnisport)

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