What Ronaldo Said To Eder To Win The Euro 2016 Final

​Oh captain my captain

Cristiano Ronaldo was stretched off mid-way through the first half of last night's Euro Championship final against France, but you didn't really think he wouldn't find a way to claim credit for their eventual shock victory, did you?

To be fair, the claim came not from the Portugese preener but from the man who scored the winer, 28-year-old Lille striker (and former Premier League flop) Eder.

Eder, who replaced Renato Sanches in the 79th minute before plundering a beauty of a winner shortly afterwards, told reporters that Ronaldo's words as he prepared to enter the fray helped carry him to glory.

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'[Ronaldo] told me I would score the winning goal for the team,' the striker told Portuguese newspaper O Jogo. 'He gave me this strength, this energy and it was vital.

'It was a goal I've been working for from the first minute of the Euros.'

'For all the work we did, for all of the Portuguese, it's fantastic,' he added. 'It's well deserved and we should all be congratulated.'

To be fair to Ronaldo, motivating his teammates is page 101 of the Good Captaincy Manual, so you almost have to say fair play and feel happy for him. Almost.