France forward Antoine Griezmann has been named the Uefa Euro 2016 Player of the Tournament, although the prize is scant consolation for Les Bleus' 1-0 final defeat by Portugal on Sunday night.
Ronaldo's Real Madrid and Portugal team-mate Pepe added: "It was very hard because we lost our best player, the one who gave us a lot of hope".
Cristiano Ronaldo was a rollercoaster of emotions during the Euro 2016 championship game on Sunday.
Dimitri Payet was enemy number one in Portugal when he clattered into Cristiano Ronaldo in a hefty challenge that saw the Portuguese talisman eventually stretchered off in tears from the Euro 2016 final.
"Oh my gosh - I don't know what to say".
"I was at home watching and I was very, very nervous. It is a trophy for all Portuguese, for all immigrants, all the people who believed in us so I am very happy and very proud", Ronaldo said.
But Ronaldo was never one to shun the limelight.
The game was tiresome and stodgy at times but the record books will only show that Portugal went from third-place in its group to champion, with little help from Cristiano Ronaldo in its last match.
"We must not throw everything that we've done away, but we threw away a great chance to be European champions - not the only one, but a great one".
"Thank God, things went well for us", he said.
The hosts were beaten 1-0 by Portugal after extra time at the Stade de France but Deschamps is not planning to step down, pointing out that his contract runs through the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation. The three-time Ballon d'Or victor collided with West Ham's Dimitri Payet and was forced to make way for Ricardo Quaresma in the 25th minute. "I remember, for me and the team, everybody was a little bit in shock I think". Many would have written them off at this point. The boy, who was about a foot shorter, reached up and took the man's hand and said something that seemed to cheer the man up. "They have quality and ability, along with our coach's strategy to win". And yet France did not score and nor did they truly convince with their performance.