Federico Valverde produced a celebration that will be remembered by Real Madrid fans for years to come during Wednesday’s 2-0 win over RB Leipzig in the Champions League.
The Uruguayan midfielder celebrated wildly after breaking the deadlock in the 80th minute.
But what sparked Valverde’s passionate celebration? Footage involving RB Leipzig’s David Raum appears to have provided the answer.
Valverde, who joined Real Madrid in 2016 from Penarol, has enjoyed a fine start to the 2022-23 season.
The South American scored a sensational solo goal in Madrid’s 4-1 win over Mallorca last weekend.
His goal against RB Leipzig was similar in the sense that he cut onto his left foot before curling the ball into the opposite corner of the net.
However, Valverde lost it after scoring his latest goal, pumping his fists while roaring.
One particular camera angle shows that he was celebrating directly in front of Raum. It seems the Uruguay international was exacting revenge on the defender following an incident earlier in the match.
It turns out that Raum had celebrated in Valverde’s face earlier in the game after blocking a cross.
Valverde looked less than impressed with his opponent’s behaviour as the referee intervened.
And as soon as he scored his goal, Valverde spotted Raum and didn’t hold back with his celebration.
Video: Federico Valverde gets revenge on David Raum
Watch the footage here:
Revenge truly is a dish best served cold.
Ancelotti: I should retire if Valverde doesn’t score 10 goals!
Following Valverde’s latest goal, Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti joked that he should ‘retire’ if he’s unable to get the midfielder scoring at least 10 goals a season.
“If you can’t get a player like that to score at least 10 goals in a season then you should rip up your coaching badge and retire,” Ancelotti told reporters, per the Daily Mail.
“Because he has a rock of a foot. Tonight he took the shot with his left foot. I’ve never seen him shoot like that with his left, so it shows he’s confident in his abilities, and he has a lot of abilities.
“He’s more than just energy. But, to say he’s best in the world in his position, we might have to wait a little longer.”