The UEFA Euro 2016 final match saw Cristiano Ronaldo in tears after he was pulled-off from the game due to a serious knee injury. The Real Madrid superstar only featured for 25 minutes in the match.
Portugal may be the European Champions by beating France 1-0, but all’s not well for Ronaldo who suffered a terrible injury from a collision with Dmitri Payet.
Despite his willingness to continue, Ronaldo was unable to conquer the pain and was supposedly substituted. He was replaced by the 32-year-old, Besiktas winger, Ricardo Quaresma.
While Ronaldo was being stretchered off the field, the cameras zoomed in on his face. The 31-year-old was seen crying. It was tough for three-time Ballon d’Or winner to leave the field on the most important day of his life as a footballer.
“Terrible to see Cris come off like that. Hope it’s nothing too bad,” Gareth Bale, Ronaldo’s Real Madrid teammate wrote on his Twitter, according SkySports.
The Portugal captain received a loud applause and standing ovation from the supporters while leaving the field. Even the French fans showed their appreciation.
When Ronaldo left the pitch, it was expected by many that the game will be an easy win for France. However, Portugal showed strong will and determination to win the match and the European Championship. Antonio Eder fulfilled the long-awaited Portuguese dream of winning a major international football tournament when he converted an amazing long ranger in extra-time.
Eder’s magnificent strike looked like a brilliant tribute to his national team captain Ronaldo, who had been craving for international success for a long time. It has to be noted that Portugal did make it to the finals of Euro 2004 where they were the favorites to win, but were denied by a resilient Greece.
At Euro 2016, they reversed the scenario and snatched the championship from perennial favorites and host-nation France.
Photo courtesy: Instagram.com/@cristiano