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Cristiano Ronaldo hits Adrien Silva on the Portugal bench

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Cristiano Ronaldo has experienced a number of ups and downs throughout his incredible career, but Sunday night's Euro 2016 final must have topped the lot. 

The Portugal captain agonisingly had to leave the field of play after just 25 minutes following a hard tackle from France ace Dimitri Payet. 

Ronaldo, 31, was understandably desperate not to be substituted at the Stade de France, but injury had well and truly taken its toll. 

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The Real Madrid superstar was carried off the pitch on a stretcher, but that didn't stop him from taking to the dugout. 

The talismanic leader may have had to watch on from the sidelines, but it's safe to say that he was firmly behind his teammates. 

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Ronaldo on the sidelines 

He well and truly made his feelings known from the sidelines, constantly directing and shouting at the Portugal players. 

Portugal v France - Final: UEFA Euro 2016

It paid off, of course, as substitute Eder struck the winning goal with a well-taken strike from the edge of the box in the 106th minute. 

Despite Portugal's heroics on the pitch, the cameras just couldn't stay away from Ronaldo. 

Hilarious moment 

And there was one very, very funny moment during the contest. As you can see in the video below, Ronaldo bizarrely opted to hit the knee of Adrien Silva. 

While Ronaldo's hit was rather odd, Silva's reaction was absolutely hilarious. Despite Ronaldo's hit appearing to be fairly tame, the midfielder seemed to be in a lot of pain. Perhaps it just took him by surprise, but it was humorous nonetheless. 

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In all honesty, Portugal defied the odds to overcome their opponents, but you have to credit them for their fight and hunger throughout the 120 minutes at the Stade de France.

Portugal v France - Final: UEFA Euro 2016

Following the game, Portugal boss Fernando Santos praised his 'amazing group' of players.

He stated, as per ESPN: "I've always said we're a team. I never hide my thoughts -- I always tell my players what's on my mind.

"I've always told them we've got great talent but we need to fight more than our opponents, run more than them and be more concentrated than them. We have an amazing group. They've always believed what I told them: that we could win this."

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Real Madrid
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Cristiano Ronaldo
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