Euro 2016 Final twitter reaction: Tearful Cristiano Ronaldo wins the internet [Best Tweets]Published July 11, 2016
Football fans have taken to social media in their droves, after Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal won their first ever major international trophy, after beating hosts France 1-0 in extra-time on Sunday in Paris, to claim Euro 2016 glory.
The 31-year-old Real Madrid superstar carried his country’s hopes into the final against France, not only as Portugal’s captain but also the player who posed the greatest threat to Didier Deschamps’ side.
It looked like all the aspirations of Ronaldo and Portugal would be shattered when he was taken off on a stretcher after 25 minutes following two attempts to battle through a knee injury sustained in a seventh-minute collision with France’s West Ham United midfielder Dimitri Payet.
Upon being taken off, the agony on Ronaldo’s face was apparent for all to see, as the Portuguese captain was forced to wipe away the tears, and a moth or two, as it became clear that he would be unable to help his team across the finishing line.
And yet, as the game went on, Ronaldo’s influence grew, as the footballing icon transformed from captain to coach as the night progressed, taking up a position alongside Portugal head coach Fernando Santos in the technical area.
After barking instructions, and kicking every ball on the sidelines, right up until the 120th minute,
Ronaldo’s euphoric celebrations upon hearing the final whistle was the actions of a man who has just done what his closest rivals have been unable to do on the international stage.
In the aftermath of Portugal’s victory, football fans took to Twitter to voice their opinions on where Cristiano Ronaldo ranks among the all-time greats.
It seems that for some, the Leo Messi vs Cristiano Ronaldo debate has now been settled.
Take a look at some of the Tweets below.
TEARS IT IS NOW OFFICIAL: CRISTIANO RONALDO > MESSI.— Jây (@Fenomenista) July 10, 2016
ONE WINS THE EURO, THE OTHER RETIRES AFTER LOSING.
CR = GOAT.
Worst ever season they said.... Wins The Euro, champions league and scores 53 goals... Cristiano Ronaldo the GOAT— Suraj Chima (@IamSurajCHIMA) July 10, 2016
Cristiano Ronaldo's Season— Khal Drogo (@cyrup_karl) July 10, 2016
European best player?
Ballon d'or no.4 ?
Idc what y'all say He the Goat
Imagine even mentioning that HGH abusing, tax evading midget's name in the same sentence as the GOAT Cristiano Ronaldo anymore.— King Nima XVI (@Nimaldo16) July 11, 2016
Cristiano Ronaldo: Did it with Sporting, Man Utd— Zoé Chinaka (@ZoeChinaka) July 11, 2016
Did it with Real Madrid, Portugal
Messi: Did it with Barca thatsAll
Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the best leaders in football ! Without a doubt.— Engineer Sahiba. (@humashzaadi) July 11, 2016
Sir Alex Ferguson really does love his former players. Watch both Ronaldo's & Nani's reactions... Priceless ?pic.twitter.com/E3CxEj1B4V— Free Bets (@freebetscouk) July 11, 2016