The Portuguese captain suffered a blow to the knee during the Euro 2016 Final, and had to be stretchered off in the 24th minute.
As per Managing Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo has suffered a partially torn Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL). Such an injury may require surgery, and could take up to 5 months to fully heal, according to doctors in France, via Managing Madrid report.
This means that Ronaldo will miss out the start of the season for Real Madrid. Zinedine Zidane will now have to choose a squad without Ronaldo to play in Madrid’s UEFA Super Cup match against Sevilla.
Ronaldo was injured during the early stages of the game, but carried on determined to lead his country to victory. Unfortunately, he had to be removed from the pitch as the pain became unbearable.
Managing Madrid also report that Ronaldo was not sent to a hospital in France, and he still needs to undergo a few tests to confirm the severity of the tear.
Ronaldo is now the favorite to win the FIFA Ballon d’Or award after his success with the national side, but missing out on the start of the upcoming season would leave his club without their most prolific goal scorer.
Cristiano’s mother, Dolores Aveiro, took to twitter to voice her opinion on Payet’s tackle – which sent Ronaldo off the pitch. She posted:
“I cannot see my son in this way,” she said, posting a picture of Ronaldo in tears. “The game is about kicking the ball, not hurting the opponent.
“My son left the field but our team can win. I trust that we will be able to lift the cup.”
Despite losing their captain, the Portuguese side managed to win the Euro 2016 final – beating France by one goal to nil. Eder, a former Swansea City player, scored the winning goal in the 109th minute – after Ronaldo motivated the striker.