This tale proves just how much of a leader Ronaldo is.
Stretchered off early on in the EURO 2016 final, Cristiano Ronaldo’s world came crashing down around him.
He could’ve cried (he did, but more in pain and anguish than anything else) and felt sorry for himself but he showed yet another great moment of leadership as Portugal dug deep and beat France without him thanks to Eder‘s extra time goal.
Apparently Ronaldo gave a rousing team talk at half time of the game which inspired the Portuguese players to clinch the nations first-ever major trophy.
Southampton’s right back Cedric Soares spoke to ESPN after the game and revealed exactly what Ronaldo said to try and refocus his teammates following his untimely injury.
“It was a very tough moment,” Soares said. “I remember, for me and the team, everybody was a little bit in shock I think. In half time, Cristiano had fantastic words for us. He gave us a lot of confidence and said ‘listen people, I’m sure we will win, so stay together and fight for it.’ It was really unbelievable. I think all the team had a fantastic attitude. And we showed tonight when you fight as one you are much much stronger.”
“He had fantastic words for each player in each moment of the game … I’m really really happy to be part of this group and be champion.”
Ronaldo could also be seen marauding up and down the touchline during the game, barking orders at the players like a coach and kicking every ball as he hobbled around with his knee heavily bandaged. He wanted this trophy, big time.
His teammates, including longtime club teammate at Real Madrid, Pepe, spoke afterwards about how they wanted to win the trophy for Ronaldo.
Maybe that extra motivation to do it for the all-time leading goalscorer and appearance holder in Portuguese history pushed them over the line.
That, and probably the rousing half time speech by an emotional Ronaldo, seemed to do the job.