Uganda Cranes and Motherwell defender Bevis Mugabi has confirmed receiving messages from angry Christiano Ronaldo fans.
This is after the lanky player broke the Portuguese record leap to head home against Ross County.
The Scottish side calculated that Mugabi leapt 75cm off the ground to score, a tally which is 4cm higher than Ronaldo managed for his famous header against Sampdoria.
“But angry Ronaldo fans were DM’ing me, saying you didn’t beat him, you were jumping horizontally… and I was just like, just enjoy the goal, let me have my moment and let me just live,” Mugabi said in an interview with the Club.
“But it was just funny looking at the comments.”
“It’s so cringy, but from what people have told me – my family members, my cousins and that – I am pretty much a celebrity but I don’t really feel it because I’m here in Scotland, miles away from Uganda.”
Mugabi was part of Uganda Cranes squad that reached the knockout round in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.
He has admitted that he feels the love “when I go on international duty and the support that they give us is crazy.”
“When I first went there (Uganda) to make my debut, they [the fans] were greeting me and saying thank you for coming.
“To represent my country…not many players have done that, but I don’t think I’m a celebrity to be honest with you.
“Both my parents were born and raised in Uganda and then came over to England to have me and my two brothers.
“That’s the foundation of my Ugandan roots and I’ve got those with my grandma, who lives in Uganda still, and comes over to London sometimes and it’s great when I get to see her.”
Mugabi, born in England, could have chosen to represent England on the international stage.
He explained: “I had many conversations with my cousins about representing Uganda and how special it would be. At first I was like, of course, England, but when I actually got out to Uganda I thought this would be crazy, representing my motherland and how special it would be for my parents as well.”