Euro 2016: How Cristiano Ronaldo inspired Portugal team; Cedric Soares reveals

Santos said: "I actually thought of putting him on for Cristiano, but then I wanted to change the game and moved Nani to the middle".

Portugal's man of the match Pepe said that his team had been inspired to beat France in Sunday's Euro 2016 final after talisman Cristiano Ronaldo was forced off by injury.

"Unfortunately, things didn't go well for me". The match also saw skipper Ronaldo subbed in the 25th minute of the match, eight minutes after injuring his knee in a clash with France's Dimitri Payet, the Guardian reported.

But former France and Chelsea defender Leboeuf insists that Portugal central defender Pepe, who kept Griezmann quiet in the final, was more deserving of the award.

And the 47-year-old thinks there is more to come from his side, which features plenty of young talent, spearheaded by players such as Player of the Tournament Antoine Griezmann and Paul Pogba.

"Eder, whose goal resulted in Portugal winning the championship, also praised Ronaldo's pep talk, "[Ronaldo] told me I would score the winning goal for the team", he told "O Jogo", a Portuguese sports newspaper.

Technically, it's great to be in Portugal on virtually any day, but Monday was a particularly fun time because the country's soccer team returned to celebrate its Euro 2016 victory over France with a parade through Lisbon. There were a number of players who showed a lot of quality. But we lost the chance to become champions.

AFTER SO MANY near-misses, Portugal finally holds an worldwide trophy, and the country is determined to enjoy the moment, welcoming the victorious Euro 2016 team back to Lisbon in spectacular fashion.

"He gave me strength and positive energy". We were able to win it for him and all the Portuguese people'.

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