Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo is confident his Portuguese national team will be able to overcome France in the final of Euro 2016 on Sunday, despite the fact the host nation are favourites.
Speaking to UEFA.com, Ronaldo uttered “France are more the favourites than us, but I think Portugal will win” as he looked ahead to the huge game in Paris. Ronaldo earned the man of the match award in the semi-final against Wales, while France beat world champions Germany in the other semi to set up the game.
Ronaldo said: “It would mean a lot. It’s something I’ve always dreamed of, to win with the national team.
“I have won everything at club level and the individual level, this would be a great achievement to win something for the Portuguese team.
“I believe that this is possible, as do my colleagues and the whole country also believe. We must have positive thinking because I believe that on Sunday will be the first time that Portugal will win a major trophy.”
On the semi-final showing – in which Ronaldo scored the opener – he said: “It was very positive. The team did well, played well, scored two important goals against the good-feel team of the tournament, Wales.
“They are an excellent team with an excellent coach [and they] had a great tournament. Portugal did well, we were better and created more opportunities. We were deserved winners and we are in the final.
“We started in a soft way – results in the early games were not what we wanted – but on balance the benefit is positive because to get to a final which takes a lot of merit and we have the players, coaches and the whole structure of the team. We are all to be congratulated.”
The closest Ronaldo has come to winning an international competition was back in 2004, when his side were beaten at home in the final by the un-fancied Greece.