Brazilian players Ronaldo and Roberto
Carlos said on Wednesday they were baffled over the controversy
surrounding their comical goal celebrations for Real Madrid.
Ronaldo, Roberto Carlos and Julio Baptista scored all four Real goals in
the 4-0 win over Real Mallorca on Sunday and celebrated first by hopping
up and down like kangaroos and then by playing leapfrog.
The previous week Ronaldo, Roberto Carlos and Robinho had caused offence
to Alaves president Dimitry Piterman when they dived on to the ground
and waved their arms and legs about in a dance they dubbed 'the
"Sincerely, I didn't imagine anything like this and I'm surprised
because I don't see any reason for a controversy," Ronaldo told
reporters at Brazil's mountain retreat in Teresopolis.
"I have never wanted to offend anyone with my celebrations, but it seems
to make some people uncomfortable.
"Maybe I'll stop celebrating, because I have never wanted to create
problems ... if it bothers a team mate, or if it bothers the club or if
it bothers the national team, it's something I'll have to think about."
Roberto Carlos was equally perplexed: "I don't even want to hear about
celebrations, I want to talk about football.
"Celebrations are part of football, everyone celebrates in the way he
sees fit and it surprises me that people are talking about how we have
to celebrate a goal.
"I spoke to my father and he said that in his weekend kickabout,
everyone goes mad when they celebrate and nobody says anything," added
the left-back. "It's rubbish to create a storm out of something which
has no importance."
Captain Cafu, who plays for AC Milan, said he was in favour of eccentric
"It's great," he said. "There are moments in the game when the player
needs to get it all out, the tension and the stress of the game."
Brazil coach Carlos Alberto Parreira was indifferent.
"We are not worried about this," he said. "The Brazil team has always
been a good example and the players have always known how to behave
"The goal is the best moment of football and they have to celebrate with
happiness. But there are limits, just as there are in all aspects of