He added: 'We have a great captain, it is an honour to play alongside him and have him in the national team and all Portuguese people should be proud to have Cristiano.
"I understood that Eder was the player who had to come on to hold up the ball in attack and create problems for France in the air", Santos said. But it was Ronaldo who lifted the trophy beneath a shower of silver tickertape after hobbling up the steps to the presentation plinth.
Thousands of fans greeted Euro 2016 champions Portugal as they landed in Lisbon on Monday, chanting the name of goal hero Eder, whose extra-time screamer sealed the 1-0 victory over France.
Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal celebrates with the trophy after the Euro 2016 final football match between Portugal and France in Paris, France, July 10, 2016.
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The Portuguese twice attempted to continue but eventually had to be carried off after the pain became too much.
Despite Ronaldo being relegated to the sideline, Portugal wound up winning its first European title thanks to an incredible goal by Eder in the 109th minute. We suffered together, we won together, and in the end we lose together. "I am very happy. I do not agree with this choice", Leboeuf told RMC. The boy patted the fan on the arm as they walked off and the man stopped to give him another hug. He was beaten to top spot in the scoring charts by Antoine Griezmann, who netted six times for France.
Strolling through the city of Lisbon on a huge double-decker bus with the word campeões (Portugese for "champions") all over it, the team waved to the hoards of fans who packed the streets.