A French soccer fan was reduced to tears following France's heartbreaking loss to Portugal in the finals of the UEFA Euro 2016 tournament.
PARIS Portugal proved they can flourish without their talismanic forward Cristiano Ronaldo, at least on the pitch, in beating France to win Euro 2016.
France coach Didier Deschamps was very disappointed.
And not much changed in the second half either, with the French depending on Matuidi and Sissoko while Portugal's Pepe provided leadership as the team defended tenaciously, slowed the game down and tried to survive until they could put together some kind of scoring combination.
They were due to meet President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, who said he would honour them with an award for distinguished acts of public service.
Prior to their victory in Saint-Denis, Portugal had reached the semi-finals of the World Cup twice and the last four of the Euros on three occasions. It was the biggest game in Portugal's club history, and the world's best has tears streaming from his eyes as he knows he is unable to continue in a match of utter importance. "This is one of the good memories and I think we can build up something strong for the next few years".
Ronaldo not only topped the list of "Most discussed players in the final" (53 per cent) but also topped the "Most discussed players in Portugal" (44 per cent) and "Most discussed players in the France" (51 per cent) lists as well. "I lacked something with the national team", he added. He was crying alone until a young boy wearing a Portugal jersey came up to him to give him a handshake and a pat on the back. "He gave me this strength, this energy and it was vital", the goal-scorer said after the match.
"[Ronaldo] told me I would score the winning goal for the team", he told O Jogo, the Portuguese newspaper. It was Eder's strike in the 109th minute that sealed the game 1-0. But the response of his teammates was telling, as they rose to the challenge of playing without their captain and best player in a major tournament for the first time in over ten years.
Cafe worker Luis Silva, age 32, said the atmosphere at the cafe had been really upbeat with neighbouring shop owners coming in to congratulate them. But I've always believed in these players.