Following 12 years of pain, Cristiano Ronaldo's dream of steering Portugal to international glory has become a reality.
The Real Madrid winger was forced off in the 25th minute after suffering a knee injury but played a significant role in his side's success.
After re-emerging from the tunnel at the break, Ronaldo spurred on his teammates from the moment Mark Clattenburg began the second half.
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And it paid off, with Lille striker Eder scoring a dramatic extra-time winner and securing Portugal an history victory.
As Portugal captain, Ronaldo had the honour of lifting the trophy and was welcomed by an old friend on his way back down to the pitch from the stands: Sir Alex Ferguson.
In the touching footage below, the 31-year-old and his former manager embrace in the stands to celebrate his victory.
FATHER AND SON
How Ronaldo has Ferguson to thank for all he's achieved in football.
And it would seem the winger imparted some of his own wisdom onto teammate Eder before extra time.
Following his 109th-minute strike, the ex-Swansea striker said: "[Ronaldo] told me I would score the winning goal for the team. He gave me this strength, this energy and it was vital.
"It was a goal I've been working for from the first minute of the Euros.
"For all the work we did, for all of the Portuguese, it's fantastic. It's well deserved and we should all be congratulated."
Portugal manager Fernando Santos hailed his "amazing group" of players for what they achieved in France.
"I've always said we're a team," he said, per ESPN, "I never hide my thoughts -- I always tell my players what's on my mind.
"I've always told them we've got great talent but we need to fight more than our opponents, run more than them and be more concentrated than them.
"We have an amazing group. They've always believed what I told them: that we could win this."
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