Cristiano Ronaldo 'coached' Portugal to Euro 2016 triumph four years ago today


We all know Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the greatest players to have ever played the game.

He’s done it in England, he’s done it in Spain and he’s doing it in Italy.

He’s also done it on the international stage with Portugal winning Euro 2016 and then the Nations League in 2019 in recent years.

However, he didn’t have much of an impact during that first international triumph - the European Championships in France four years ago.

He scored three goals in the build-up to the final against the hosts but after just 25 minutes against France, had to be substituted following a rough tackle by Dimitri Payet.


While his involvement on the pitch was over, his involvement off the pitch had just begun.

He may have been in tears as he was stretchered off but he soon composed himself to become Fernando Santos’s assistant manager.

As the match progressed, Ronaldo became more and more animated on the touchline with ice strapped to his injured knee.

At times, he was even more animated than Santos and was even giving individual team talks to players as the final entered extra-time.

Of course, we all know that Eder’s 109th-minute extra-time strike sealed Portugal’s first ever major international trophy.

The trophy mattered a lot to Ronaldo, who was desperate to win some silverware for his country - something his great rival Lionel Messi has never achieved.

Despite his injury, Ronaldo was fit enough to lift the Henri Delaunay Trophy above his head at the Stade de France stadium.


The trophy win obviously helped towards Ronaldo winning his fourth Ballon d’Or later that year.

But that wasn’t the only time Cristiano showed his managerial skills during the tournament. During the quarter-final penalty shootout against Portugal, he encouraged midfielder João Moutinho to take one despite his reluctance.

"Hey! Come kick, come kick. You hit them well. If we lose f*** it! Be strong, come on, you hit them well. It's in God's hands now!" Ronaldo was heard saying.

Moutinho listened to his captain and duly dispatched his penalty.

At the age of 35, Ronaldo is still playing at the very highest level and is showing no signs of retiring any time soon. But when asked by Spanish magazine ICON whether he’d like to go into management when he hangs up his boots, he simply replied: "I'm not ruling it out."

We reckon he could do a pretty good job.

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