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Cristiano Ronaldo produced an epic speech for Portugal team-mates after Euro final

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Cristiano Ronaldo's epic journey through Euro 2016 is one of the many reasons he's on course to win the Ballon d'Or.

Of course, scoring the winning penalty in the Champions League final won't have done his chances of glory any harm either, but it's his leadership of the national side that has earned him most attention this calendar year.

Winning trophies is par for the course at Real Madrid, but it's certainly not with Portugal.

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Fernando Santos' side scraped their way through the group stages and each of the knockout rounds all the way to the final, with many fans wondering how they ever got there in the first place.

It was largely thanks to their main man, though, his goals landing him the Silver Boot - even if he gave the trophy away to Nani.

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It's a pity that the abiding memory of Ronaldo in the final is one of him crying, injured, and moth-ridden on the floor. Thankfully, that's about to change, thanks to his rather beautiful speech to his team-mates at the end of it all. 

Even if he spent extra-time bouncing up and down on the touchline, none of that came close to these oratory skills.

Gladiatorial speech 

The fact this has only come to light now is nothing short of a global tragedy, but we can now finally enjoy it in its full wonder:

If that's not enough to land him an Oscar as well as the Ballon d'Or, then we're not sure what is. Or was it all just a chance for the superstar to strut around the dressing room with his shirt off? You decide.

Nonetheless, it's great to see him acknowledging Santos to such an extent, as he hasn't really been given the credit he deserves for masterminding the triumph.

Neither has Eder, incidentally, who scored the winning goal, but they're probably both going have to accept it was always going to be Ronnie's moment.

Were Portugal deserving champions of Euro 2016? Have your say in the comments. 

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