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Cristiano Ronaldo's mother slams Dimitri Payet's tackle

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When Dimitri Payet clattered into Cristiano Ronaldo less than ten minutes into the final of Euro 2016, collective groans probably could have been heard across Europe once it became clear the Portuguese superstar would be unable to continue.

Despite his best attempts to play through the pain, Ronaldo was reluctantly stretchered off 18 minutes later and it looked like Portugal were set for another European final of disappointment.

Ronaldo was able to galvanise his team from the sidelines to an historic victory over the hosts France but the spotlight quickly turned back to the 31-year-old and the challenge that had ended his tournament.

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Payet is not exactly regarded as one of the toughest tacklers in the game and has quickly clarified his intention was to win the ball as the pair tumbled into each other during a robust challenge - one which saw Ronaldo come off much worse than the Frenchman.

But not all have seen it the same way as the West Ham ace, including Ronaldo's mother Maria Dolores dos Santos Aveiro.

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After watching her son break down in tears at the realisation his night was over, Dolores Aveiro - as she is known on Twitter - launched a vicious attack on social media against Payet's attempt to win the ball.

Accompanied by a picture of an upset Ronaldo, she wrote in Portuguese: “I cannot see my son in this way.

“The game is about kicking the ball, not hurting the opponent."

She also added: “My son left the field but our team can win. I trust that we will be able to lift the cup.”

And her prediction came true when ex-Swansea flop Eder scored a late screamer in extra-time to break French hearts and secure Portugal's first European Championships.

Although he could not have a direct impact on proceedings, Ronaldo was determined to influence the game as much as he could.

Portugal v France - Final: UEFA Euro 2016

The Real Madrid forward was the man leading most of the team talk at half-time of the extra 30 minutes and even gave a crucial pep talk to the match-winner Eder.

He told Portuguese newspaper O Jogo, as per Sky Sports: "[Ronaldo] told me I would score the winning goal for the team. He gave me this strength, this energy and it was vital.

"It was a goal I've been working for from the first minute of the Euros.

"For all the work we did, for all of the Portuguese, it's fantastic. It's well deserved and we should all be congratulated."

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Despite not having the best of tournaments by his extremely high standards, Ronaldo was still chosen in UEFA's team of the tournament alongside his team-mate for both club and country, Pepe as well as keeper Rui Patricio and Borussia Dortmund-bound Raphael Guerreiro.

And at least he now knows that he still has his mother's support, who will be feeling a lot more relaxed now she can enjoy her son's latest achievement in a spectacular career.

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