Cristiano in tears after Eder's goal !! pic.twitter.com/CF3LMTn0gL
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Cristiano Ronaldo and his Portuguese teammates clinched the Euro 2016 trophy after Eder scored a late 109th minute winner.
Ronaldo, the captain, was unfortunately stretchered off in the 24th minute after he suffered a series of blows from the French players. Cristiano’s leg was twisted in what can only be described as a horror tackle from Dimitri Payet – forcing Ronaldo off the pitch.
Despite being battered and bruised during the early stages of the match, Ronaldo soldiered on. But, the Portuguese star couldn’t go on after the tackle from Payet, and was thus withdrawn from possibly the most important game of his career.
Cristiano returned after receiving treatment to motivate his side and even give us a glimpse of his managerial skills.
Eder, who scored the Euro 2016 title winning goal, came on during the latter stages of the game – replacing Bayern’s Renato Sanches.
The 28-year-old former Swansea City player was previously described as a flop – playing over 10 games and not scoring a single goal.
But, Eder fired home a goal in the 109th minute, to secure Portugal the Euro 2016 title.
Eder revealed after the match that Cristiano Ronaldo provided him the motivation to go on and score the match winner.
“Ronaldo told me I would score the winning goal for the team. He gave me this strength, this energy and it was vital,” the former Swansea man stated.
Eder also went on to thank the support he received from the coach, his teammates, and the Portuguese people.
“He [Fernando Santos, coach] knows what my capabilities are and so does our group.
“They trust me and I have worked hard to contribute and today it was possible. I’m very happy about what we’ve achieved.
“It was an amazing moment. Our team worked really hard. We knew that the Portuguese people were behind us. The Portuguese people deserve this.”
Fernando Santos, Portugal’s coach, praised Eder for his heroic antics – labelling him as a “beautiful swan.”