Ctistiano Ronaldo couldn’t help his team on the pitch so he coached and cheered his Portugal teammates to Euro 2016 glory.
Ronaldo was forced from the field with a knee injury in the first half but returned to the touchline to watch Eder’s dramatic 109th-minute winner over host France.
The Real Madrid star was credited for his massive role from the sidelines by his teammates, motivating them in the dressing room at half time and heading into extra time.
Rightback Cedric reveals what CR7 had to say at the break.
He says: “It was a very, very tough moment. It was a really tough moment for me and for the team.
“I think everybody was a little bit in shock but at half-time Cristiano had fantastic words with us.
“He gave us a lot of confidence and he said, ‘Listen people, I’m sure we will win this Euro so stay together and fight for it’.
“He was fantastic. His attitude was unbelievable. At half-time he helped a lot, our colleagues, he had always a lot of motivational words. All the team reacted to them so it was very, very good.”
Speaking after winning his first international trophy, Ronaldo said: “No one believed in us. I had already won everything with clubs. I lacked something with the national team.
“Portugal have deserved this after many years of sacrifice. It was not the final I wanted, but I am very happy. It is a trophy for all the Portuguese, for all immigrants, all the people who believed in us, so I am very happy and very proud.”