Fils celebrates Ronaldo style in jibe at Messi-fan coach

(Left to right) Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo, tennis star Arthur Fils, and Argentine star Lionel Messi. — Reuters/ATP

Tennis star Arthur Fils is in amazing form at the Next Gen ATP Finals, but he’s attracting attention not only by his performance. The athlete’s celebration style has also caught the attention of fans.

Inside King Abdullah’s Sports City, the star celebrated his three wins in Green Group at the 21-and-under season finale by mimicking Portuguese forward and legendary footballer Cristiano Ronaldo’s ‘Siu’ celebration.

It is not a secret that Fils is an admirer of the former Real Madrid forward, who has joined in January joined Saudi Pro League team Al Nassr.

In conversation with, following his win over Dominic Stricker to remain perfect at the tournament, he said: “I was a huge fan of Ronaldo when I was young.”

“Now it’s a little bit tough to follow the football [and Ronaldo], especially when he’s here. I’m really a fan of him and I know he is playing here in this country, so I’m really happy [to do it] when I win.”

Fans at the event, being held in Saudi Arabia, might be familiar with the celebration of the Frenchman as Ronaldo now plays for a Saudi club.

However, Fils revealed another reason for copying Ronaldo’s celebration style.

“My coach Sergi [Bruguera] is a huge fan of Barcelona and Lionel Messi, so I just wanted to make him crazy,” joked Fils. “That’s why I’m doing it, and I think I’m doing it well.”

The question is, will the Frenchman continue celebrating in the same style after the event in Saudi Arabia ends?

“Probably not, but [maybe] sometimes,” he said. “Why not? I don’t know when [exactly] Sergi will be with me, but if I want to make him crazy, I will do it for sure.”

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