Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey has revealed the meaning behind his latest goal celebration - it’s a tribute to his grandmother Eileen, who recently died aged 84.
The Wales international was seen pointing to the sky after scoring against Israel during last month’s Euro 2016 qualifier, and used the same celebration after hitting the back of the net against Burnley for the Gunners last weekend.
Despite his impressive recent form, Ramsey admits it has been a difficult few weeks for him on a personal level, revealing just how much of an impact his late grandmother has had on him throughout his life.
Ramsey: It's been a tough few weeks
“I have had a bit of a tough few weeks,” Ramsey was quoted as saying by the Mirror. “My gran passed away a few weeks ago. She meant an awful lot to me, we had a great relationship and I dedicated my last couple of goals to her.
“I have been on an emotional roller-coaster of late. She was an incredible woman. She lost her husband early in her life and had to raise seven kids on her own and in those days it was an incredibly difficult thing to do.
“But she was always happy, making jokes. I had that sort of outlook on life. She always believed in me and gave me reassurance and it has been a difficult time.
“She used to watch and take me down to games when I was eight or nine. She would always be asking about how I was doing and things like that.”
Lionel Messi has the same goal celebration
Ramsey’s new goal celebration means he now shares at least one thing in common with arguably the world’s greatest footballer, Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi.
The Argentina international has made no secret of the fact he dedicates all of his goals to his much-loved maternal grandmother Celia Cuccitini, who played a huge role in Messi’s life at a young age.
"I am doing this because I dedicate my goals to my grandmother,” Messi explained back in 2010. “She took to me to football but now she can't see how far I have come. Nevertheless, she continues to help me and my family.”
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