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Ricardo Quaresma jokes he'll sell Euro 2016 medal if 'made of gold'

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After seeing off the hosts France on Sunday evening to secure a 1-0 win at the Stade de France, Portugal are now the proud holders of the European Championship trophy.

For many of the players, from Cristiano Ronaldo to former Swansea striker Eder, the win will rank as one of the proudest moments of their footballing careers, and you'd think they'd want to cherish every memento of the occasion.

According to one member of the 23 man squad, however, he might be willing to part with the winner's medal he received last night, on one condition.

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As reported by Goal.com, citing Portuguese daily newspaper O Jogo, Ricardo Quaresma joked with reporters during the team's celebrations that he would part with the coveted medal if it held true monetary value:

"If it is made of gold, then I will sell it!" the 32-year-old proclaimed less than 24 hours after he had seen the medal put around his neck.

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Whether the midfielder would really be willing to let go of the medal he fought so hard to win, just for a quick cash injection does seem a little unlikely.

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Having played a key role in the team's somewhat unlikely run to being crowned champions - scoring the crucial extra time goal to dump the fancied Croatia out of the tournament in the second round, before replacing Ronaldo in the early stages of Sunday's final - Quaresma's medal must surely rank as the greatest achievement in a career that has often failed to deliver what was once expected.

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Nevertheless, if the veteran does decide to cash in on his success, his medal is sure to fetch a good price regardless of how much real gold is in it.

He wouldn't be the first Portuguese to so easily do away with a medal he has worked so hard to win, either.

New Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho, of course, famously threw a Premier League winners medal into the Stamford Bridge crowd after guiding Chelsea to the title back in 2006. 

That same medal was later sold for over £21,000 at auction, so perhaps Quaresma's joke might not be so foolish after all.

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For now at least, though, the medal remains in the hands of the Besiktas player as Portugal continue their celebrations back in their home country.

Having been met by thousands of fans in Lisbon today to help celebrate the country's first ever major international tournament win, there are sure to be no shortage of suitors if Quaresma opts to make good on his suggestion.

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