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Manchester United striker Edinson Cavani’s celebration has a deeper story behind it, which he has explained in detail.
The attacker was excellent in the 2-1 win at fulham and showed off his archer action after firing home the equaliser when Fulham’s keeper Alphonse Areola could only parry a Bruno Fernandes centre into his path.
Only a great save by Cavani’s former Paris Saint-Germain team-mate denied him another goal in the second half, but he has now netted five times since he joined the club from the French champions, PSG, last summer.
Fans were quick to spot Eric Bailly reminded the no.7 to do the celebration after smashing the opener in the Carabao Cup quarter-final at Everton before Christmas.
In an exclusive interview on the Manchester United official website, the striker goes into detail about why he does the actions.
“It’s a bit of a long story and it’s kind of wrapped up in our country’s history, and the indigenous population, the Charrúas,” Cavani explains.
“When my little daughter, India, was born, her name is just a small reference to our native Uruguayans, the Charrúas.
“So that arrow that I take out and then fire, is a goal celebration that sort of encapsulates all these things: a mix of my daughter’s name and the indigenous peoples of my country.
“It has a special meaning, but like you say, Eric reminded me of it, even though at the end of each celebration, I always make sure I take out the arrow and fire it.”
The Charrúas were South American Indians who inhabited grasslands around the Rio de la Plata (in Uruguay, Brazil and Argentina) and are described by the Encyclopedia Britannica as
“hunters and gatherers who, after the introduction of the horse, lived by catching wild cattle. They were fierce warriors and good bowmen, who also used bolas, slings and spears.”
The Uruguay national team, that Cavani has represented 118 times, is nicknamed ‘Los Charrúas’, and this determined, unflinching mentality is believed to play a big part in the side’s much-revered fighting spirit.