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Without Ronaldo, Portugal Won their First Ever European Title Against France with 1-0 Victory at Extra Time



Though the match started out with a negative for Portugal, they ended up laughing last and first at the same time!

In the group stage, they -Portugal, finished third and on a night as important as this, their greatest player, Cristiano Ronaldo had to leave the pitch on a stretcher and in tears.


Ronaldo’s damaged knee might have been a grievous setback but Portugal refused to let it be the decisive factor. They gave everything to keep out France when they were put under pressure and, ultimately, Éderzito António Macedo’s decisive goal in the second period of extra time won a test of endurance.


Since 1975, they have had 10 successive defeats to France but the tides have changed for them as they can now reflect on the greatest achievement in the history of their national team. Tonight’s victory at the Stade de France would remain forever etched in their memories

All in all, congrats to the the reigning Champions – Portugal!

Game Time!

EURO-2016-Finale-France-Portugal-July-2016-BellaNaija0003Celebrating their win…


Sad day for Team France…

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A mascot with no loyalties..


This right here is a necessary distraction..

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The Portugese Celebrating their Win..

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Photo Credit: Getty Images/Michael Regan | Clive Brunskill LTD | Mike Hewitt | Dan Mullan | Lars Baron


  1. Stanleychijioke

    July 10, 2016 at 11:54 pm

    Bellanaija….. Pls its “Ronaldo” not that thing you guys posted there

  2. Laila

    July 11, 2016 at 12:02 am

    God’s way of reminding Ronaldo that it Teamwork not ‘Me Enterprise’, lol!

  3. June

    July 11, 2016 at 12:37 am

    Am I the only irritated that the chap who SCORED the goal is not even getting the tiny bit of publicity he deserves ! Ronaldo, Ronaldo! He played for just 15mins and yet the media is all over him likeeeee? ??? What about all the other players who WON the cup for Portugal without him??? *rantOver* congratulations Portugal

    • Me

      July 11, 2016 at 1:29 am

      Yea it’s a team work, but Portugal made it this far because of Ronaldo, I don’t really like him but he does deserve the accolades, he’s very passionate about playing for his country and I hope ya’ll messi fans can finally agree that he’s the best Footballer in the world….

    • Psalm

      July 11, 2016 at 2:28 am

      Congrats to Portugal and Ronaldo, especially to Ronaldo. A great player he is. He led the team to win the trophy. He’s likely to win the FIFA ballon d’or this year.
      But Messi’s name doesn’t have to come up whenever Ronaldo is mentioned.
      Messi is the best, the greatest footballer ever. He would still be even if Ronaldo played every minute of Euro 2016 final and got a hat-trick. He would still be even if he quit football three years ago; even if reincarnations of Maradona and Pele played in his time.
      Messi is not European, didn’t play any match today. We shouldn’t be discussing him on a day Portugal became champions of Europe. But, as always, someone mentioned his name.

    • Caster

      July 11, 2016 at 9:54 am

      Well he also gets all the blame when they don’t do well. and like @Me and @Psalm have said, he loves playing for his country

  4. Gemonyi

    July 11, 2016 at 6:23 am

    Best losers turn Winners. CR7 is definitely getting Ballon Dor January 2017.
    He deserves all the Accolades . The Portuguese Goal keeper was Excellent last night and not living the goal scorer Eder.

  5. praizeblog

    July 11, 2016 at 7:51 am

    dts wonderful

  6. ijs

    July 11, 2016 at 8:03 am

    Funi hw almost all d French players r black

    • Celeste

      July 11, 2016 at 8:29 pm

      And how’s that funny? Now crawl back into the hole you crept out from… Stupid comment!

    • ElessarisElendil

      July 11, 2016 at 8:54 pm

      Maybe its funny because the French went into Africa with a plan to create black Frenchmen…………..and its succeeded. I don’t know? foresight is funny I guess.

  7. kio

    July 11, 2016 at 8:28 am

    Bella Naija………………..the title is just WRONG. what do you mean without Ronaldo…Portugal still won…even after he was injured, he supported his team mates.

  8. Missy J

    July 11, 2016 at 10:27 am

    I totally agree, the title is wrong! Though he had to be substituted earlier in the finals its no argument that Ronaldo inspired his team to victory.
    That Griezmann guy has got a bright future, always making dangerous moves. France squad has got serious potentials to conquer the football world. #a moment of silence for Giroud#
    I actually felt the French team became lackadaisical when Ronaldo was removed.
    Portugal’s keeper brought it on last night.
    Hehehe… My baby has to be Renato Sanchez AKA Sanchest.

  9. Caster

    July 11, 2016 at 11:07 am

    Noticed that too right.

    But that’s just another story for another day.

  10. Adeola

    July 11, 2016 at 11:16 am

    Every droo was a hit back to back, from best loser to best winner, iyalaya EURO ti take over. Congrats to PORTUGAL and most especially #CR7.

  11. Anon

    July 11, 2016 at 2:03 pm

    Tears and pain are now over after the Euro 2004 final loss. A sweet victory. It was a tournament where smaller nations shone.

  12. ElessarisElendil

    July 11, 2016 at 8:55 pm

    Called it.

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