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Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale – two of Real Madrid’s biggest superstars – clashed in the Euro 2016 semi-finals last night, wherein the Portuguese captain came out on top, with his side winning 2-0. Ronaldo scored a goal and assisted the other in Portugal’s victory, thereby knocking Bale and co. out of the competition.
The pair was seen embracing and exchanging a few words after the full-time whistle, and Ronaldo has now revealed what those words were.
Cristiano said: “I congratulated them on their run. They had an amazing run. They were the shining star here, the revelation team. I wished them good luck, and as for the rest I would rather not say.”
The 31-year-old further talked about how delighted he was on reaching the second European final of his career.
“I was 18, that was my first final – my debut. Now 12 years have gone by and now we are going to play another final. I am very proud of that,” he said.
“I have always dreamed of winning for Portugal, I hope it is our turn now. I am very confident and I believe that all these boys deserve it. I deserve it, Portugal deserves it, the fans deserve it – every single Portuguese person deserves it. They’ve been amazing supporters.
“That fills me with pride, I am very happy. Now we have to get ready for Sunday and we want to make this dream true.”
Apart from a stand-out performance, Ronaldo also broke a few records on the night.
The former Manchester United man not only became the first player to play in three Euro semi-finals (2004, 2012, 2016), but also made his 20th appearance in the European Championships – three more than any other player (Gianluigi Buffon and Bastian Schweinsteiger have made 17).
And thanks to his 50th minute goal against the Welsh, he also equalled Michel Platini’s record of scoring nine Euros goals.
However, when asked about these broken records, he remained adamant that his primary aim is to win the competition.
“Record-breaking is something very nice. I have broken many records before and I am still breaking records for club and country, but this all comes naturally and the crucial thing was to reach the final.”
Read the full match report of the first semi-final here.