Speaking after the game on Sunday evening C. Ronaldo revealed just how much finally achieving success with his national team meant to him.
“No one believed in us,” he said. “I had already won everything with clubs. I lacked something with the national team. Portugal have deserved this after many years of sacrifice
“It was not the final I wanted, but I am very happy. It is a trophy for all the Portuguese, for all immigrants, all the people who believed in us, so I am very happy and very proud.” See More Photos Below:
Ronaldo kicked every ball on the sidelines, standing alongside manager Fernando Santos.
And he was again in tears when Mark Clattenburg blew the final whistle and he celebrated with his team-mates.
His knee injury appeared to be forgotten as he joined the rest of the squad on the pitch – where he soon removed his shirt – as the party began.
But it could have been so much different for Ronaldo after a collision with France’s Dimitri Payet early in the match. Ronaldo received initial treatment on his knee and tried to battle on through the pain to complete the match.