Jose Mourinho: Cristiano Ronaldo's behaviour in Euro 2016 final "didn't help"

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With the new and exciting football season just around the corner, Euro 2016 is now but a thing of the past.

Portugal trumped hosts France in the final on July 10, with Eder's dramatic late strike in extra time securing victory and breaking the hearts of many.

But despite being forced off the field of play through injury early on, Cristiano Ronaldo still managed to steal the spotlight from his more deserving teammates, who defended valiantly against Antoine Griezmann and co.


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The Real Madrid superstar, despite nursing a knee problem, was seen jumping up and down on the sidelines like a lunatic whilst barking orders as the final whistle approached.

Some regarded Ronaldo's behaviour as passionate, others felt it was over the top.

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho - who managed his compatriot at the Bernabeu once upon a time - has since had his say and criticised Ronaldo's actions.

According to ESPN, the Portuguese said: "Cristiano Ronaldo didn't help in any way by doing that in the final few minutes of the Euros final.

"There were 11 players on the pitch doing their job, and the person in charge of directing them was the coach.

"I saw it as an overload of emotion from someone who saw that the team was just minutes away from achieving an objective which everyone wanted.

"He lost a little emotional control - not that that's a bad thing. But what my experience tells me is that it is in these moments, when important decisions might need to be made, that the players are lost in their own little worlds."

It's one thing to look excited, but on a number of occasions Ronaldo grabbed and pushed manager Fernando Santos - and rather violently at that.

Quite how he managed to avoid punishment from UEFA's pitch-side officials for being in the technical area is unknown.

But then again, this is Cristiano Ronaldo we're talking about - arguably world football's biggest name.

Portugal's manager certainly didn't seem to mind the 31-year-old's erratic behaviour, though.

Speaking on Portugal national TV in the aftermath, Santos said: "[Ronaldo] was suffering more than any other Portuguese, and all he told me was 'we are going to win, we are going to win'.

"And there is something bad in that? That makes the coach too weak? He is an excellent captain and the best player in the world."

Not that Ronaldo will care what anyone says anyway.

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