Aston Villa’s Douglas Luiz found himself on the receiving end of some playful social media banter from Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand after his unorthodox goal celebration in Sunday’s 2-1 defeat. But the Brazilian midfielder remained unfazed, offering a lighthearted explanation rooted in his national pride.
Luiz’s goal, a close-range tap-in, had brought Villa level after falling behind early to Rasmus Hojlund’s opener. Following the strike, he surprised fans with a unique chest-shimmy dance in front of the Holte End faithful. This caught the attention of Ferdinand, who posted a picture of the celebration on X alongside the caption: “U ok @dgoficial?” followed by laughing emojis.
Undeterred, Luiz responded the next day with a simple explanation: “I’m good, thanks. It’s just carnival time in Brazil,” he wrote, adding the Brazilian flag emoji.
I’m good, thanks
it’s just carnaval time in Brazil 🇧🇷 https://t.co/ncErg0oMV2
— Douglas Luiz (@dgoficial) February 12, 2024
While the Samba-inspired celebration might have garnered more attention than expected, it ultimately overshadowed Villa’s spirited comeback attempt. Scott McTominay’s late header dashed their hopes of victory, leaving Luiz’s joyous dance a bittersweet memory.
Despite the defeat, Luiz’s response to Ferdinand showcased his good-natured personality and cultural connection. Whether the “carnaval excuse” holds water entirely is debatable, but his lighthearted explanation provided a welcome dose of humor amidst the disappointment.
Ultimately, while the celebration might have been short-lived joy, it highlighted Luiz’s passion and enthusiasm, something Villa fans will need to see channeled positively as they seek to bounce back from the defeat.