After sending Spain home from the World Cup, Achraf Hakimi celebrated in an odd way, and the motive for this has now been made clear.

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After his panenka penalty advanced Morocco into the World Cup quarterfinals for the first time ever, the Paris Saint-Germain star performed a penguin celebration.

And although many would have anticipated Hakimi to be overcome with joy for Morocco’s advancement, Hakimi instead chose to make fun of Spain manager Luis Enrique.

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The Red Fury manager raised questions with some of his selection criteria prior to the competition, including the notable exclusion of veteran defender Sergio Ramos.

Hakimi and Ramos are teammates at the club level, and as a product of the Real Madrid youth system, Hakimi watched Ramos dominate the Los Blancos defence for a number of years.

And this is where Hakimi’s celebration, as reported on Twitter, comes into play.

Hakimi imitated the duetting penguin celebration that the pair had previously used to celebrate a goal while playing for PSG.

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When informed of the rationale, fans on the internet expressed surprise, with one user stating: “Wow I didn’t see this coming. This explains the celebration ?.”

A second user said: “Was wondering why he did this. A few poor calls from Enrique on selection for sure.”

A third user added: “Lucho needed Ramos for his leadership and experience in big tournaments like the last two World Cups.

“Group stage exit and then RO16 exit immediately in the next World Cup would never have happened if Ramos was captain.

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“Also, Ramos would have taken the penalty first and scored without doubt. For Spain, Ramos was the biggest miss, because he would never miss a penalty, let alone 2 in the same game.”

Ramos, 36, has been a recognised penalty taker for Spain over the last few years, and the 36-year-old has converted 30 of his 35 attempts, adding fuel to the debate over the practise.


The subtle jab against Enrique also follows Hakimi’s statement on his Twitter timeline, which reads:”Sergio Ramos (is) the best defender in the world,” immediately after Ramos’ Spain omission was announced.


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