It personally did not go according to the script for Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo early in Sunday’s Euro 2016 final.
Seeking to make amends for Portugal’s Euro 2004 final defeat to Greece, Ronaldo left the field in tears on a stretcher after suffering a knee injury against the host nation at the Stade de France.
Ronaldo had initially returned to the pitch following a crunching tackle from Dimitri Payet but Portugal’s all-time leading goalscorer and most-capped player was unable to continue in Paris.
Portugal did manage to go on and beat France 1-0 after extra time thanks to Eder’s goal, though the 31-year-old’s heartbreaking exit understandably drew worldwide attention. We take a look at the best tributes here from his fellow star athletes.
Terrible to see Cris come off like that. Hope it’s nothing too bad
— Gareth Bale (@GarethBale11) July 10, 2016
Prayers for @Cristiano ! I’m hurt for ya !
— Odell Beckham Jr (@OBJ_3) July 10, 2016
— Salomon Kalou (@salomonkalou) July 10, 2016
You are the best in the world brother. Força @Cristiano.
— Raul Meireles (@OficialMeireles) July 10, 2016
What a shame for @Cristiano to leave the final like this get well soon
— Patrick Kluivert (@PatrickKluivert) July 10, 2016
— Louis Saha (@louissaha08) July 10, 2016
Its a shame if C.Ronaldo has to come off. You want to see the great players on the pitch in finals
— Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) July 10, 2016