Hertha BSC midfielder Marko Grujic insists he couldn’t help himself from replicating Cristiano Ronaldo’s trademark goal celebration.
The 22-year-old put Hertha back on level terms in the first half of their 2-2 draw against Schalke 04 last Friday and he celebrated his goal by jumping with his arms stretched out and screaming with joy.
It looked similar to the one that Ronaldo usually does when scores a goal with Grujic now revealing he hadn’t deliberately attempted to emulate the five-time Ballon d’Or winner.
But the young Serbian admits he thinks of Ronaldo as a “great role model” and just couldn’t help himself when it came to replicating his idol’s trademark goal celebration.
“It was pure emotion. I couldn’t control it. It just happened like that,” Grujic told Bild.
“I look up to Ronaldo. He’s a great role model for me because he works obsessively on his development.
“I love to live as professionally as possible and let everything be subordinated to football.”
“[Lionel] Messi may be the more talented player, but Ronaldo has worked it all out.”
Vedad Ibisevic was the other scorer for Hertha to help salvage a 2-2 draw for the German club.
Grujic arrived in Germany in the summer from Liverpool on loan after spending the latter part of last season on another loan spell at Cardiff City in the Championship.
Although the Serbia international still has a long way to go before he can dream about matching Ronaldo with two goals in his nine Bundesliga appearances this season.
In comparison, the Juventus star has managed 15 goals and five assists in his 21 Serie A games this term to help the Bianconeri to a strong 11-point lead at the top of the table.
While Hertha sit in seventh-place in the Bundesliga and are just behind Hoffenheim in the final qualification spot for Europa League football next season on goal difference following Friday’s draw.