Friday 9 December 2016

Video: Cristiano Ronaldo shares a touching moment with mentor Alex Ferguson after winning Euro 2016

Published 11/07/2016 | 00:05

Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal is greeted by his former Manchester United coach Sir Alex Ferguson after the European Championship Final between Portugal and France at Stade de France on July 10, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Dave Winter/Icon Sport) (Photo by Dave Winter/Icon Sport via Getty Images)
Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal is greeted by his former Manchester United coach Sir Alex Ferguson after the European Championship Final between Portugal and France at Stade de France on July 10, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Dave Winter/Icon Sport) (Photo by Dave Winter/Icon Sport via Getty Images)

It didn't happen exactly as Cristiano Ronaldo would have dreamed, but the Real Madrid star still ended up lifting the Henri Delaunay trophy after Portugal beat France 1-0 to win Euro 2016.

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Most people would have expected Ronaldo to grab the winner in any Portugal victory but an early knee injury forced the tearful attacker off the pitch in the first half.

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He made himself useful in other ways as he barked instructions from the touchline like a manager and encouraged his team-mates ahead of the crucial extra time period. By winning a big international trophy, Ronaldo has now collected almost every accolade in a career that started to blossom when he joined Manchester United in 2003.

The striker credits former United boss Alex Ferguson with helping him develop into the devastating attacker he now is, and Ronaldo got to share his moment of victory with the legendary manager at the Stade de France this evening.

Ferguson was in attendance at tonight's game and met Ronaldo for an embrace at the final whistle in what was a truly touching moment.

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