Cristiano Ronaldo congratulated Gareth Bale after Portugal beat Wales

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Earlier at Euro 2016, Cristiano Ronaldo showed that he’s not always magnanimous in defeat.

Ok, Portugal may have drawn the match against Iceland, but the Real Madrid star’s controversial remarks which slammed his opponents were widely criticised.

However, Ronaldo showed just how humble in victory he can be after his Portuguese side beat Wales 2-0 during last night’s semi-final.


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The match was billed as Ronaldo vs Gareth Bale as the two Madrid forwards went head-to-head - but there was only one winner.

After a cagey first-half, Ronaldo took centre-stage in three second-half minutes. First, one of his trademark leaps saw him power home a header from a Raphael Guerreiro cross before his cross-cum-shot was turned home by Nani in the 53rd-minute. It was game over and Ronaldo and co. were heading to the final on Sunday.

But, Ronaldo wasn’t seen celebrating too much following the final whistle. He sought out his club teammate Bale to console him. They were seen in deep conversation with many intrigued as to what he was saying.

What Ronaldo said to Bale

Well, now you can find out courtesy of Ronaldo himself.

"I congratulated them on their run," Ronaldo said, per the Mirror.

"They had an amazing run. They were the shining star here, the revelation team.

"I wished them good luck and as for the rest I would rather not say.”

Well, there you have it - although there’s still some mystery surrounding the “rest” of the conversation.

While Bale and his Welsh teammates will be heading home after an incredible tournament, Ronaldo will take his Portuguese side to the final to face either Germany or France. Portugal haven’t reached a tournament final for 12 years - since their devastating defeat to Greece on home soil - and Ronaldo admits he is very proud of their achievements.

Ronaldo proud

"This is different," the 31-year-old said, comparing this tournament to Euro 2004.

"I was 18, that was my first final. My debut. Now 12 years have gone by and now we are going to play another final. I am very proud of that.

"I have always dreamed of winning for Portugal, I hope it is our turn now.

"I am very confident and I believe that all these boys deserve it. I deserve it, Portugal deserves it, the fans deserve it - every single Portuguese person deserves it. They've been amazing supporters.”

Ronaldo may have to turn the to role of consoler once again if they beat Germany in the final with Madrid teammate Toni Kroos starring in midfield for Joachim Low's side.

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