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Watch: When Cristiano Ronaldo Proved He's A Great Leader In Euro 2016

Josh Lawless

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Watch: When Cristiano Ronaldo Proved He's A Great Leader In Euro 2016

Whether you love him or hate him, this video proves Cristiano Ronaldo is a great leader.

While the Portugal team were preparing for their Euro 2016 quarter final penalty shoot out against Poland, it appeared João Moutinho was against the idea of stepping up to take a spot-kick.

However, skipper Ronaldo came over and spoke to the Monaco star, eventually convincing him to take a penalty with an inspirational speech.

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"Hey! Come kick, come kick. You hit them well. If we lose f*** it! Be strong, come on, you hit them well. It's in God's hands now!"

Taking a penalty in such a high-pressure scenario is a very difficult thing to do and requires balls of steel - even for someone who is fairly regular with his spot-kicks.

With Ronaldo's words of wisdom, Moutinho was persuaded to step up to the mark and mad no mistake, sending Lukasz Fabianski the wrong way with a tidy penalty.

Image: PA
Image: PA

Ricardo Quaresma scored the decisive kick to send Fernando Santos' side into the semi-finals, where Portugal beat Wales 2-0.

In the final against hosts France, Portugal were dealt a huge blow when Ronaldo was forced off with a knee injury 25 minutes in following a tackle from behind from Dimitri Payet.

CR7 tried to play on but the pain was too much and he had to leave the pitch in tears. But he wanted to be as influential as he could and showed a glimpse of what he'd be like as a manager.

As the game went beyond the 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 Santos.

While Santos was delivering his orders and of course the main man in proceedings, Ronaldo was urging his teammates on and issuing instructions.

The five-time Ballon d'Or is a serial winner and demonstrated his special leadership qualities from the bench.

Image: PA
Image: PA

The final went to extra time, where the most unlikeliest of heroes, Eder became the match-winner. He popped up in the 109th with just his fourth goal for the national team and steered the team to their first major tournament honour in Paris.

Topics: Euro 2016, Joao Moutinho, Portugal, Penalty, World Cup, Cristiano Ronaldo

Josh Lawless
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