Cristiano Ronaldo's sideline heroics prove he is a real team player after all
Published 10/07/2016 | 22:47
When Portugal were running on empty, dying of tiredness at the end of normal time, it was their captain who stepped up.
Cristiano Ronaldo wasn't able to take the field for the extra period having been replaced after injuring his knee early on in his country's 1-0 win over France in the Euro 2016 final. Despite that, he was the man who focused the minds of his team-mates ahead of the crucial 30 minute period that saw Eder strike the decisive blow.
Ronaldo - contrary to the widely held belief about him - proved that he is actually a top team-mate as he cajoled, encouraged and offered advice to his comrades.
And when the Portuguese team took the field, he maintained his prominence on the touchline, issuing instructions and generally just spurring them on.
When Eder finally scored, nobody was happier than Ronaldo, with the iconic striker crying tears of joy in contrast to his sorrowful outburst following his injury.
For once, it didn't matter that it wasn't Ronaldo who scored the winner - tonight was the night when the Real Madrid star proved his credentials as a team-mate.
Ronaldo managing like John Terry v Napoli 2012.— John Brewin (@JohnBrewinESPN) July 10, 2016
Cristiano Ronaldo on the bench pic.twitter.com/yfR5wCYZBR— 101 Great Goals (@101greatgoals) July 10, 2016