Ronaldo’s Euro final turns from despair to joy
Cristiano Ronaldo cried twice in the Euro 2016 final on Sunday, once when he was stretchered off injured and again when he limped back on in joy after his Portugal teammates claimed a historic win over France.
When he succumbed to a knee injury midway through the first half at the Stade de France, it looked set to be a miserable night for the three-time World Player of the Year.
But substitute Eder’s extra-time goal saw Portugal triumph 1-0 to stun the hosts and finally win their first major international trophy..
“Today I felt sadness and happiness. What I can say is that it was one of the happiest moments of my life. I cried,” said Ronaldo, who later, despite his injury, danced his way through the mixed zone in Paris with several teammates, without stopping for waiting reporters.
In Ronaldo’s absence it was the Lille forward Eder who emerged as the unlikely hero and the Real Madrid superstar insisted he had a feeling that would happen.
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