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On 10 July in Paris, Portugal created history by defeating France 1-0 to clinch the European Championship — their first international trophy.
Now four months later, the Portuguese Football Federation has released behind-the-scenes footage of captain Cristiano Ronaldo delivering a moving speech to his teammates in their dressing room after the triumph.
Ronaldo, who had his struggles in the tournament and left the final in the first half with a knee injury, did his part in helping the Portuguese in their famous run.
His two equalisers in a 3-3 draw with Hungary allowed them to advance from the group stage and also made him the first player to score in four editions of the tournament.
"I am very happy. This is one of the happiest days of my life. Forget the individual trophies, the Champions League, this one right here is the happiest moment of my life. I have cried three or four times already. My brother had to tell me to calm down and I said Hudo, 'I can't'," said a visibly emotional Ronaldo.
The Portuguese forward added, "It is true, from the bottom of my heart, I swear on my son’s life. I am so very, very, very happy. I could repeat this 100 times. I am so happy. This is the trophy that was missing."
Ronaldo heaped praise on their manager Fernando Santos, as well as credited all the other Portugal staff and players for believing that they could win.
"I would like to thank this man here," he said pointing to Santos in the dressing room. "Without him none of this would have been possible. And then to all the players and staff involved in this conquest. No one believed in Portugal but we made it. And you coach, all the faith you had, honestly, it touched me."
In the tournament, Ronaldo emerged as a worthy leader, instilling faith in his teammates and backing them in the final from the sidelines even after he was injured. The video truly reflects what winning the title with Portugal meant to him.
Published Date: Nov 20, 2016 09:04 pm | Updated Date: Nov 20, 2016 09:15 pm