Real Madrid were left shocked by the image of Cristiano Ronaldo following the tackle from Dimitri Payet during Sunday's Euro 2016 final between Portugal and France.
This has been reported by Marca, who claim that it was an image that 'struck fear into the nerve of Real Madrid'.
Ronaldo, 31, was forced off through injury after just 25 minutes of the contest after Payet's stern challenge.
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Portugal's talismanic leader twice attempted to play on but eventually had to be replaced by Ricardo Quaresma.
The versatile forward returned to the dugout for the second half of the contest and was constantly directing and shouting at his teammates. Ronaldo's teammates, of course, went on to secure the victory thanks to an extra-time goal from substitute Eder.
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But what now for Ronaldo? Well, currently on holiday ahead of pre-season training, it's far from certain as to how long his knee injury will keep him out of action for, but it's not exactly surprising that Real were extremely worried about their star player.
Payet, though, insisted that he didn't intentionally mean to hurt Ronaldo and has suggested that he was attempting to win the ball.
“I came in for a tackle, full stop,” Payet told reporters at full-time, as per the Independent. “I got the ball back, but if I hurt him it wasn't intentional - it's not in my nature to be a nasty player on the pitch. There's no question about that.”
Portugal boss Fernando Santos, meanwhile, hailed Ronaldo for attempting to stay on the pitch during the showdown.
“First of all I'd like to thank God for being with us, my wife, my mother, my grandson. My father wherever he is, he's probably having a few beers.
“Cristiano Ronaldo is an amazing example. Today he tried to remain on the pitch.
“He was very strong in the locker room, he helped all of the boys, that's the definition of teamwork.
“We have a bright future but right now we need to celebrate."
Real, then, will be hoping that Ronaldo continues to rest over the coming weeks ahead of what looks set to be another huge season for Zinedine Zidane's side.
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