With the Real Madrid megastar sidelined, it was left to Nani to guide them to glory as they edged out hosts France thanks to Eder’s extra-time winner
Cristiano Ronaldo was forced to watch Portugal’s Euro 2016 success from the sidelines after limping out of the final.
It was left to Nani to guide them to glory at the Parc des Princes as they edged out hosts France thanks to Eder’s extra-time winner.
Ronaldo played a major role in getting Portugal to the final after contributing three goals and the same number of assists.
He was beaten to top spot in the scoring charts by Antoine Griezmann, who netted six times for France.
However, Ronaldo was the one celebrating at full-time after Eder’s strike sealed a first tournament win for Portugal.
The Real Madrid megastar was awarded the Silver Boot for his exploits, but showed his gratitude to Nani for getting them over the line by handing him the prize instead.
Nani wrote on his Instagram: “More than a captain you’re a champion! Thanks for the gift! Let’s go Portugal we are the Champions!”
Speaking after the game on Sunday evening Ronaldo revealed just how much finally achieving success with his national team meant to him.
Portugal had never before won a major tournament, having lost in the final of Euro 2004 on home soil, a tournament in which Ronaldo starred.
“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.”