John Stones channels his inner Cristiano Ronaldo in Champions League celebrations

City centre-back John Stones channelled his inner Cristiano Ronaldo, just days before the two Manchester clubs meet at the Etihad Stadium.

The Sky Blues ran riot over Shakhtar Donetsk on Wednesday night, putting six past their Ukrainian guests as the England international wore the captain’s armband for the first time.

Stones was handed the duty when Spanish creative midfielder David Silva was brought off after 73 minutes.

Goals from Silva, Raheem Sterling and Riyad Mahrez sandwiched a hat-trick from Brazilian striker Gabriel Jesus that all but ensured the side would progress out of the Champions League group stage.

Citizens teammate Benjamin Mendy captured the squad’s delight in the 24-year-old’s maiden victory as skipper when the French full-back shared a post on Instagram where Kyle Walker joined him in kneeling before their leader.

You know nothing John Stones ? congrats on your first win as a captain bro ? @mancity #WePledgeAllegiance

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Captioned “You know nothing John Stones”, with a nod to Games of Thrones character Jon Snow, the two defenders pledged their allegiance to the new leader who celebrated with Cristiano Ronaldo’s iconic muscle-flex celebration.