Cristiano Ronaldo could not retain his tears, last night during the Euro Final. This was a game that was marked not by Ronaldo’s presence on the pitch but by his absence.
Before breaking France’s hearts, Portugal feared the worst by seeing their captain in tears on the pitch. Cristiano had to give up and it was hard to see him cruelly knocked out of this Euro 2016.
Two types of tears trickled down Ronaldo’s face, last night at the Stade de France. Portugal’s captain first lived the worst nightmare of his career against France. Due to an unintentional punch by Dimitri Payet, CR7 injured his knee and seemed to be builiding a collection of failures with his selection. Then, he had to give up. When Cristiano Ronaldo struggled to stay on the field, before breaking down and giving up, it was impossible not to feel sympathy for him.
As he saw France dominating his selection, the Portuguese was pretty close to failing his second final played with his nation. Sunday night had to be the biggest night of his career and it had been prematurely ended by Dimitri Payet’s tackle, shattering a lifetime of hopes. This was probably too much for the Real Madrid player...
Maxime H. - 04/07/2016
But Cristiano Ronaldo is strong. He decided not to throw in the towel and started stimulating his friends on the pitch. He clearly became Fernando Santos’ second-in-command and showed to all his detractors he was not more interested in personal glory than that of the group.
Standing in front of Portugal’s bench, Cristiano saw Éder’s stunning shoot to deliver a whole nation. The Captain liberated his immeasurable joy and was hopping up and down with impatience until the final whistle rang out. Cristiano Ronaldo’s celebration was frenzied and there were more tears on his happy face.
This was pleasant to watch, a nation champion becoming an international legend.