Edinson Cavani explains famous bow-and-arrow goal celebration

Edinson Cavani has explained the reasons behind his famous bow-and-arrow goal celebration which sees the South American rest on one knee and theatrically snipe an arrow through an invisible bow.

Cavani, 33, joined United during deadline day of last summer’s transfer window.

The elite forward enjoyed previous spells with Palmero, Napoli and PSG before moving to United as a free agent.

Expectations were high for the Uruguayan who arrived in the Premier League boasting a stunning professional goal scoring record of 346 senior goals in 573 matches, in all competitions.

Speaking after his latest on-field heroics which came during the Red Devils’ mid-week tie against Fulham, Cavani has revealed why he chooses to celebrate the way he does.

“It’s a bit of a long story,” the 33-year-old told United Review (as relayed by ManUtd). “and it’s kind of wrapped up in our country’s history and the indigenous population, the Charrúas.

“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 native South American Indians and are believed to have been hunters and gatherers, often using weapons such as bow-and-arrows.

Cavani’s national team, Uruguay are also nicknamed ‘Los Charrúas’ which is understood to be where the side’s unrivalled fighting spirit comes from.

United fans will be hoping to see much more of Cavani’s iconic celebration as the Red Devils now prepare to host arch-rivals Liverpool in an FA Cup match on Sunday.

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