Despite dominating the headlines after Portugal’s unexpected Euro 2016 final victory over tournament hosts France, Cristiano Ronaldo only played 25 minutes at the Stade de France.
The 31-year-old was injured early in the first half following a challenge by Dimitri Payet and bravely returned to the field shortly afterwards.
However, it was soon clear that Ronaldo was unable to continue. He sat down on the floor, tears coming from his eyes, before being stretched off to the dressing room for treatment.
Ronaldo was understandably distraught - this was the biggest match of his career - but, to his credit, he returned to the sidelines in extra-time to help rally his teammates.
During that 30-minute period it was difficult to tell whether Fernando Santos was the man in charge or if Ronaldo was now calling the shots.
Ronaldo reveals what he was doing inside dressing room
But what was the three-time Ballon d’Or winner doing inside the Portugal dressing room in that hour before returning to the sidelines?
“I thought [Dimitri Payet’s tackle] was just a hit. But when I started running my knee swelled and I realised that I couldn’t go on,” Ronaldo said.
“I returned to the dressing room hoping to get a quick diagnosis from the team doctor, but I was wrong. I was crying because I feared it even more serious.
“I thought I had snapped my ligament completely, but the doctor calmed me down and I began watching it on TV, I was jumping around in the dressing room but couldn’t stand it so went to the bench.
“The truth is that I crossed the line, in the best sense of the word, encouraging my teammates as if I were the coach. I knew it was useful, because they respected me.”
Ronaldo's epic post-match speech
A video recently emerged of Ronaldo giving an epic post-match speech inside the dressing room and you can watch that here…
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