Edinson Cavani has explained why he kneels and fires an imaginary arrow each time he scores for club or country.

Cavani, 33, has one of the most iconic celebrations of any player and football fans have seen plenty of it over the last decade.

The veteran striker has scored 358 goals at club level, including five since joining Manchester United on a free transfer last summer.

He was among the goals in the 2-1 victory at Fulham on Wednesday, netting a close-range equaliser as the Red Devils came from behind to win 2-1.

Before moving to Old Trafford, Cavani plundered 200 goals in 301 games for Paris Saint-Germain, while he has netted 51 times for Uruguay.

Cavani scored a vital equaliser as United went on to win at Fulham
Cavani scored a vital equaliser as United went on to win at Fulham

As such, we have seen plenty of him kneeling and 'wielding' a bow and arrow - and Cavani has explained the reason for his celebration.

"It’s a bit of a long story and it’s kind of wrapped up in our country’s history, and the indigenous population, the Charruas," Cavani told the United Review .

"When my little daughter, India, was born, her name is just a small reference to our native Uruguayans, the Charruas.

Cavani used the iconic celebration during his prolific spell with PSG
Cavani used the iconic celebration during his prolific spell with PSG

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"So that arrow that I take out and then fire, is a goal celebration that sort of encapsulates all these things: a mix of my daughter’s name and the indigenous peoples of my country."

After Cavani pounced on Alphonse Areola's error to score the equaliser at Craven Cottage, United defender Eric Bailly was seen reminding his teammate to perform his trademark celebration.

The six-time Ligue 1 winner added: "It has a special meaning, but like you say, Eric reminded me of it, even though at the end of each celebration, I always make sure I take out the arrow and fire it."

The Uruguay national team is nicknamed 'Los Charruas' after the South American Indians who traditionally inhabited parts of Uruguay, Brazil and Argentina.

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