Wednesday 21 February 2018

Cristiano Ronaldo's tears of sorrow after Euro 2016 final injury was one of the most heartbreaking sights in sport

Will Slattery

Will Slattery

Life isn't fair and tonight we saw another example of sport being no different.

After 12 years, Cristiano Ronaldo was able to lead Portugal to another major tournament final and the expectations were that the Real Madrid striker could be the difference in tonight's Euro 2016 decider against France.

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Unfortunately, Ronaldo took a heavy challenge from Dimitri Payet early on and despite trying manfully to continue, the 31-year-old was forced off.


The Portugal captain couldn't conceal his despair as he left the field, crying tears of sorrow reminiscent of Paul Gascoigne's emotional outburst at Italia 90.

Read more: Eamon Dunphy starts John Giles' farewell by making a very important point about the expanded Euros

In a nice gesture, French boss Didier Deschamps patted Ronaldo affectionately as he left the field on a stretcher.

Fans, pundits, journalists and even Gareth Bale took to social media to pay tribute to the stricken striker.

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