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Cristiano Ronaldo speech hailed by Cedric Soares

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Cristiano Ronaldo inspired his Portugal teammates with an 'unbelievable' half-time speech, according to Cedric Soares. 

Portugal were crowned European champions on Sunday evening after substitute Eder scored the winning goal in extra-time. 

But Fernando Santos' side had to do it the hard way after their talismanic captain Ronaldo was forced off through injury after just 25 minutes of the contest. 


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Ronaldo, 31, may have been unable to influence things on the pitch, but he made his presence known from the sidelines. 

And now Soares has revealed just what Ronaldo said to his teammates during the interval. 

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Ronaldo speech 

"It was a very tough moment," Soares said, as per ESPN. "I remember, for me and the team, everybody was a little bit in shock I think.

Portugal v France - Final: UEFA Euro 2016

"In half-time, Cristiano had fantastic words for us. He gave us a lot of confidence and said 'listen people, I'm sure we will win, so stay together and fight for it.'

"It was really unbelievable. I think all the team had a fantastic attitude. And we showed tonight when you fight as one you are much much stronger."

Asked whether Ronaldo was downbeat after having to go off, Soares said: "No, he was fantastic. His attitude was unbelievable. Always he helped a lot our teammates, he always had a lot of motivational words and all the team of course reacted to them, so it was very good."

Amazing triumph

It's fair to say that 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.

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

Portugal v France - Final: UEFA Euro 2016

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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