Portugal shocked favorites France to win their first major title, beating Les Bleus 1 – 0 in the Euro 2016 final staged at the Stade de France on Sunday 10 July.
The match had its twists and turns with Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo withdrawn after 25 minutes following a bad tackle from Dimitri Payet earlier on and Eder came on to score a rare international goal to win in it for Portugal.
Portugal was not among the title favorites a month ago when the tournament kicked off and their win just added to the surprising few months that football has served with the underdogs sinking the big names.
Football legends in the world have been reacting to the latest twist in world football. Here’s a few of those but first a cool Tweet from the Icelandic FA;
Iceland faced Portugal in the group stages and Ronaldo wasn’t particularly nice to the tournament’s surprise package, suggesting they were a small mentality side after celebrating so ferociously their draw with his team but the FA, in a Tweet sympathized with Ronaldo over his injury.
“It doesn’t matter what Ronaldo said about Iceland, this is absolutely heart-breaking. We feel so sorry for him, devastating for this legend,” the Tweet read and a later one congratulated the winners “Congratulations Portugal! You weren’t able to conquer Iceland but conquer Europe you did! As for France, thanks for being wonderful hosts!”
Manchester United’s Portuguese manager Jose Mourinho was also not left out; the Special One posted a picture of himself holding a Portugal scarf.
He wrote the caption: “if you want to visit the country of the European champions visit Portugal”.
Former England captain Alan Shearer: “Portugal set their system up and said, ‘this is how we’ll play, come and try to break us down’. It was a brilliant goal to win it, he was big and strong. The finish was sublime.”
Former England midfielder Danny Murphy: “It’s an amazing story for a team who weren’t fancied before or during the tournament.
“Portugal have shown they possess character and quality. Tonight they didn’t need Cristiano Ronaldo. People won’t remember he didn’t play much tonight, they’ll remember he captained them to their first major trophy.
France 1998 World Cup winner Thierry Henry: “It’s a sad day. We have a lot of Portuguese in France. We’ll hear about this for a looong time.
“You can only win a tournament as a team – perfect example, Ronaldo comes out and Portugal win it. It was like, ‘let’s do it for him’.”