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On This Day: Cristiano Ronaldo Became Portugal Coach During Euro 2016 Final

Nasir Jabbar

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On This Day: Cristiano Ronaldo Became Portugal Coach During Euro 2016 Final

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 touch line.

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.

Ronaldo limps off the pitch aided by the medical team. Image: PA
Ronaldo limps off the pitch aided by the medical team. Image: PA

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.

Eder wheels away in celebration after bagging a late winner. Image: PA
Eder wheels away in celebration after bagging a late winner. Image: PA
Ronaldo roars in excitement as Portugal clinch the victory. Image: PA
Ronaldo roars in excitement as Portugal clinch the victory. Image: PA
Ronaldo plants a kiss on the trophy. Image: PA
Ronaldo plants a kiss on the trophy. Image: PA

It was an amazing night in Paris for Ronaldo, Eder and co.

Topics: Football News, Euro 2016, Football, Portugal, Juventus, Ronaldo News, Cristiano Ronaldo

Nasir Jabbar
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