Former France worldwide Frank Leboeuf has criticised UEFA's decision to name Antoine Griezmann player of the tournament at Euro 2016 and feels Portugal defender Pepe deserved the award more than the Atletico Madrid forward. "We represented Portugal, a lovely country of immigrants, and we represent every one of them".
"We must not throw everything that we've done away, but we threw away a great chance to be European champions - not the only one, but a great one". He scored both goals in France's 2-0 semi-final win against Germany, having also struck twice to spark Les Bleus' 2-1 comeback victory against the Republic of Ireland in the round of 16.
Eder of Portugal celebrates scoring the winning goal during the UEFA EURO 2016 Final.
Beaten finalists France contribute two players to the selection, Payet being joined by Golden Boot victor Antoine Griezmann, one fewer than the side they beat in the semi-final.
Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo said the team's success at Euro 2016 meant they had gone down in the nation's history.
Portugal defensive lynchpin Pepe was also included, along with fellow Portuguese goalkeeper Rui Patricio and Raphael Guerreiro. "When he said he couldn't go on, I tried to tell my teammates that we have to win it for him". He was crying alone until a young boy wearing a Portugal jersey came up to him to give him a handshake and a pat on the back. I admire the strength he has'.
Santos, a practicing Catholic, added: "We have an wonderful group".
Luis Figo, who captained Portugal in that agonising defeat in Lisbon 12 years ago, congratulated the team on Twitter.
Portugal player's musical contribution to the celebrations didn't end there as former Manchester United man Nani later demonstrated his beatbox talents.
Portugal had enough warriors on the field to win the war of attrition after losing their general.