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Seven years ago today Cristiano Ronaldo became Portugal’s coach during Euro final against France

Marcus Chan

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Seven years ago today Cristiano Ronaldo became Portugal’s coach during Euro final against France

We take a trip down memory lane by reliving the incredible moment Cristiano Ronaldo became a coach during the European Championship final.

After being forced off injured in the final, Ronaldo was determined to be an influence even from the touchline.

The Portugal skipper suffered a knee injury in the 25th minute following a tackle from Dimitri Payet.

Once being replaced, he showed the footballing world a glimpse of his managerial style by frantically prowling on the side.



As the game went beyond 90 minutes, Ronaldo spent most of the additional time on his feet even with his knee bandaged up.

He was in the technical area alongside coach Fernando Santos. Though while Santos was delivering his orders, Ronaldo was closely behind him issuing his own instructions to the players on the pitch.

You just can't keep him out of the thick of the action. An animated Ronaldo barking out commands is compelling viewing.


The final went into the second half of extra-time before the opening goal.

Former Swansea striker Eder popped up to score to clinch the European Championship as Portugal claimed their first major international honour in emotional scenes.

It was Eder's fourth strike for his national team, and his most important by some distance.


What's more, it was his first goal in a competitive match following his three goals in international friendlies.

It was an amazing night in Paris for Ronaldo, Eder and co. as they celebrated their victory over the favourites and the hosts.

Seven years on, Ronaldo’s time in European football seems to be over after he made a big-money move to the Middle East.

Back in January, it was confirmed that the five-time Ballon d’Or winner has joined Saudi Professional League side Al Nassr.


Since then, Saudi Arabia have been splashing the cash in a bid to lure some of football’s biggest names to the country.

To date, the likes of Karim Benzema, N’Golo Kante, Roberto Firmino, Kalidou Koulibaly have all moved to Saudi Arabia.

Featured Image Credit: beIN Sport

Topics: Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal, France, Euro 2016, Football, Al Nassr

Marcus Chan
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