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Cristiano Ronaldo and Nani lead the celebrations.

Watch: Ronaldo joins Portugal teammates in epic on-bus celebrations

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Virtually ever since Eder stepped up from long range and drove home the only goal of the game in extra time of last night's European Championship final against France, Portugal has been in party mode.

From wild celebrations on the pitch at the full time whistle, to an open-top parade back in Lisbon today, the squad, and the country as a whole, has been revelling in their 1-0 triumph.

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But what about the team's celebrations away from the media and outside world? Well, thanks to a video uploaded by Southampton centre back Jose Fonte on Sunday night, fans can now get a unique look at the private celebrations on the team bus as the squad left the Stade de France.

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The video, posted to Fonte's official Instagram page, shows the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Nani, Ricardo Carvalho and Bruno Alves enjoying a good old fashioned sing-song. The beers, of course, are already in hand:

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After having been forced out of Sunday's Euro 2016 finale with a knee injury, Ronaldo can be seen front and centre of the on-bus celebrations - even bouncing up and down on the aforementioned injury as he leads the chanting.

At one point, having departed the pitch in tears during the first half against France, the Real Madrid star's chances of lifting his first major international trophy had appeared distant.

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Thanks, though, to a stalwart performance from Portugal's defence - including Man of the Match Pepe and Fonte himself - and a precision strike from unlikely hero Eder, Fernando Santos' men were able to clinch the Championship.

Likely waking up with a few hangovers this morning, the Portugal squad has already arrived back home today to carry on the celebrations with their countrymen.

Special treatment

Several players have been keeping fans updated with more social media posts, and that included a rather unusual video from midfielder Joao Moutinho.

As shown in footage uploaded by the Monaco man, the Portugal squad were accompanied by military jets as they departed France:

As for the man holding the camera for the bus video, Jose Fonte admitted last night that he couldn't quite believe the journey he has been on over the past few seasons:

“I was playing in League One a few years ago, it defies description,” said Fonte, via Southampton's official website.

“This could be a Hollywod movie. We’ve written our names in history. This goes out to the whole nation, for the hardship we’ve been through and in 100 years we’ll look back on this.

"France are an amazing team. We lost our skipper who is the best player in the world but we believed to the end."

It certainly was an incredible night for Portugal and their players, and it is one none of them will forget in a hurry.

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Jose Fonte
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Nani
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