Thursday 18 July 2019

'Just as our saviour Jesus Christ.. he cried in pain'- Ronaldo's sister likens Euros final injury to crucifixion

Ronaldo is carried off on a stretcher following a clash with Dimitri Payet. Photo: Getty Images
Ronaldo is carried off on a stretcher following a clash with Dimitri Payet. Photo: Getty Images

Tom Rooney

Even in this age of exponential scientific progress and an increasing adherence to a materalsitic view of the universe, one would not be obliged to delve too deep to unearth myriad parties claiming witness to the supernatural powers of Cristiano Ronaldo.

Indeed, only Lionel Messi, his one true equal over the last decade, has managed to score with such preternatural frequency or continued to set the bar for what constitutes the world’s greatest footballer at such vertiginous heights.

Let’s be honest, there’s something otherworldly about the man’s outrageously chiselled torso, too.

Ronaldo may not have hit full throttle at the European Championships, but he still spearheaded Portugal’s tilt to a first ever major title.

His brace in the 3-3 draw with Hungary in their final group game secured Portugal’s progression to the knockout stages, and the headed opening goal in the semi-final against Wales, for which he appeared to levitate, was priceless.

However, in the crunching tackle heard ‘round the world, Dimitri Payet abbreviated Ronaldo’s participation in the final to a 25 minute cameo.

Without doubt, as their indispensable leader was carried from the Parisian field, the Portuguese people and, indeed, players, presumed the worst.

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Cristiano Ronaldo reacts after suffering a knee injury during the first-half of last night’s final following a tackle by Dimitri Payet. Photo: Getty Images

Ronaldo’s sacrifice, according to his sister, Kate, was of a similar magnitude to the one Christ is said to have made for all mankind.

She wrote as much in a recent Instagram post.

“These tears I cried for my wounded brother were like daggers to the heart, and we all cried with him for the awful pain we had together.

“But God is great and just as our saviour Jesus Christ suffered on the cross for a better world for us, Cristiano cried in the pain of not being able to help his teammates and his beloved people.

“But God is just and they deservedly lifted the trophy, and fulfilled the dream; we are champions.”

Undaunted by the knee injured he incurred, Ronaldo paced the side-line, yelling instructions at his teammates for the remainder of the game before Éder powered home the game’s decisive goal after 109 minutes.

The 31-year-old was on hand to hoist The Henri Delaunay Trophy, whcih may prove the crowning moment of a near unparalleled  career.

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