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Cristiano Ronaldo: Portugal `Deserved` Euro 2016 Glory

July 11, 2016
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Ecstatic by his side’s successful Euro 2016 campaign, Portugal skipper Cristiano Ronaldo has praised his team’s deserving 1-0 win over hosts France and said that they have proved their critics wrong.

After both sides failed to score goals in the regulation time, substitute Eder struck the match-winning goal for Portugal to ensure his side finish their Euro 2016 campaign on a winning note here at Stade de France on Monday.

The match also saw skipper Ronaldo subbed in the 25th minute of the match, eight minutes after injuring his knee in a clash with France’s Dimitri Payet.

“Portugal have deserved this after many years of sacrifice. No one believed in us,” Ronaldo was quoted as saying by goal.com.

The 31-year-old star striker said that he was deprived of winning something with the national side while adding that he was happy to achieve the same now.

The victory has somewhat erased Portugal’s harsh memories of the Euro 2004 final defeat to Greece, which left the Real Madrid striker crying on the pitch.

 

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