Redemption At Euro 2016
Whether or not you like the man you just could not help but feel sorry for Ronaldo when his usually magnificent body broke down in the middle of the Stade de france in the Euro 2016 final.
He shed tears when Portugal lost to Greece at home in the Euro 2004 final. He often lamented that day and how he asked God to give him one more chance to win the trophy for his country.
The tears that he shed in Paris must have brought those memories back and probably he might have felt that his second chance was snatched away from him. Two hours later he was crying again, but those were of joy as Portugal beat the much fancied French in Paris.
Had it not been for Ronaldo Portugal may well not have even reached the final. His brace in the do-or-die encounter against Hungary took Portugal to the knockouts. It was his parried shot that was tapped in by Quaresma as Portugal beat a super Croatian side.
And of course it was the Cristiano Ronaldo show again as his bullet header and then his assist for Nani’s goal beat Gareth Bale’s Welsh side and booked their spot in the final.
“This is the best moment of my life” said Cristiano, this coming from a man who has won a trio of Champions Leagues and Balon D’Ors.
The time may be ticking on his career but with every passing day his legacy keeps growing. He will score more goals, win more trophies and win another Balon D’Or. But he will forever remember 2016 as the year when he truly became one of the greatest of all time.