Euro Cup 2016 Final: Ronaldo, the King of Europe

Updated On : 11 Jul,2016 ,13:04 PM
Euro Cup 2016 Final: Ronaldo's journey from despair to joy

Cristiano Ronaldo cried twice in the Euro Cup 2016 final, 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 last night, 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.

Euro Cup 2016 Final: Ronaldo's journey from despair to joy

"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.

Euro Cup 2016 Final: Ronaldo's journey from despair to joy

The moment when Ronaldo got injured during 25th minute of the game.

Euro Cup 2016 Final: Ronaldo's journey from despair to joy

Ronaldo was in deep pain both physically and emotionally.

Euro Cup 2016 Final: Ronaldo's journey from despair to joy

With no goals on board within time limit. Ronaldo looked tensed for his victory dream.

Euro Cup 2016 Final: Ronaldo's journey from despair to joy

In Ronaldo's absence it was the Lille forward Eder who emerged as the unlikely hero.