Ghana winger Osman Bukari says his celebration after scoring Ghana's second goal in a 3-2 loss to Portugal was not meant as disrespect to Cristiano Ronaldo.
The Red Star Belgrade winger brought Ghana to within one goal of Portugal in the 89th minute and celebrated with his own version of Ronaldo's Siuu celebration.
The cameras panned to the Portuguese bench where Ronaldo, 38, who had been subbed a minute earlier did not look impressed.
In a tweet following the match, Bukari, 23, said his upbringing does not permit him to be disrespectful to his idols.
"I have noticed my celebration today has generated comments claiming I was disrespectful towards Ronaldo," he posted.
"This is incorrect. I was overcome by the emotion of the moment of scoring for my country on my World Cup debut leading to my celebration.
"My upbringing doesn’t permit me to be disrespectful to elders let alone one of my idols. Thanks for your support and we focus on our next game!".
Ghana will play its second game at the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 against South Korea on Monday, November 28, 2022.