Ronaldo: No one believed in us

The Real Madrid forward lauded Portugal and felt it was a worthy champion. "Portugal have deserved this after many years of sacrifice. No one believed in us," Ronaldo said.

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Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo after the EURO 2016 triumph in Paris on Sunday.

Portugal star and captain Cristiano Ronaldo praised his team for a deserved Euro 2016 success, saying it had proved the critics wrong.

Eder scored a 109th-minute winner as Fernando Santos' men claimed a 1-0 victory over France in the final in Paris on Sunday.

Ronaldo came off due to a knee injury in the first half, but returned to try and rally Portugal to a first major title from the sidelines.

The Real Madrid forward lauded Portugal and felt it was a worthy champion.

"Portugal have deserved this after many years of sacrifice. No one believed in us," Ronaldo said.

"I had already won everything with clubs. I lacked something with the national team."

Ronaldo said he knew Lille striker Eder would score the winner.

He said: "I've been in football a long time. I have a lot of feelings. I felt that he was the one who was going to score."