Ceará's Samuel Xavier Brito celebrates goal against Vitória by wearing head of club mascot Vovô
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VIDEO: Player celebrates goal by wearing mascot’s head during Brazilian match

Briefly assumes role of Vovô, a grandfather figure.


Ceará right-back Samuel Xavier Brito celebrated his goal against Vitória by wearing the head of his club’s mascot, a grandfather figure called Vovô.

The 28-year-old, on loan from Sport Club do Recife, put his current team 2-0 up before running to the touchline and beckoning Vovô down from the stands.

He then removes the head and wears it himself while bounding about with team-mates during the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A match at the Estádio Castelão.

Vovô, a Portuguese word for ‘grandpa’, was created in honour of former club president Meton de Alencar Pinto, who used to coach young players he referred to as “my grandsons” and asked them to “go easy on grandpa”.

The team then took the nickname Vozão (‘big grandpa’) in reference to their seniority, having been the first football club to be established in the state of Ceará.