Portugal 1-0 France: Ronaldo the talk of Facebook

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Wiiners: Cristiano Ronaldo leads the celebrations.

During the Euro 2016 final between Portugal and France, 45 million people had 146 million interactions across Facebook as the third screen continues to become an integral part of how sports fans engage with live events.

Here, we look at the three most talked about moments as well as the five players that got fingers tapping away at keys.

FIVE MOST TALKED ABOUT MOMENTS

1. RONALDO LIFTS THE TROPHY

The moment Cristiano Ronaldo had been waiting for throughout his international career. From the agony of having to leave the pitch injured after 25 minutes to the unbridled joy of lifting the coveted European Championship trophy that evaded him 12 years ago against Greece – the moment capped off quite a night for the Portuguese skipper.

2. EDER’S GOAL

Talk about a bolt from the blue! Or perhaps, through Les Bleus. Eder was hardly expected to make an appearance in the final, let alone score the solitary goal. But football loves the unexpected and a screamer from Portugal’s number nine went viral.

3. FINAL WHISTLE

When Mark Clattenburg blew his whistle to signal the end of extra-time, the script had been ripped up and tossed away. Portugal spoiled France’s party and social media was rife with the story of the underdogs triumphing without their talisman.

4. RONALDO GOES OFF INJURED

It seemed like Ronaldo’s entire international career boiled down to this one game but a clumsy challenge from Dimitri Payet left the Portuguese star with an injury he couldn’t play through, despite his best efforts. Several took to Facebook to sympathize with him.

5. KICK-OFF

The build-up to the game was finally cast aside and millions turned their attention to the centre-circle where the referee got the game underway.

FIVE MOST DISCUSSED PLAYERS

1. CRISTIANO RONALDO- 53%

In truth, Ronaldo was always going to be one of the most talked about players on the night regardless of how things unfolded. Despite going off injured and being denied the opportunity to make an impression on the game from the pitch, Ronaldo was animated on the touchline and still managed to retain much of the spotlight.

2. PEPE – 10%

Pepe’s antics sometimes takes away from one simple truth – he’s a world class defender. On Sunday night though, his defending was what people were talking about as he made 12 interceptions and was named Man of the Match.

3. NANI – 7%

Nani was one of Portugal’s most consistent performers at Euro 2016 and put in a fine shift in the final as well, especially when he took over the captain’s armband and was left to toil on his own upfront.

4. DIMITRI PAYET – 6%

The French playmaker was expected to create opportunities for his teammates and he did so early on in the first half. His deliveries were always spot on but he failed to take the game by the scruff of its neck when it called out for a match-winner and was substituted.

5. RICARDO QUARESMA – 5%

Ricardo Quaresma finally did his immense potential some justice in a Portugal shirt during Euro 2016. He came on for Ronaldo in the first half and pulled his weight as the team battled to a heroic 1-0 win.

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Sir Alex shares warm embrace with Euro 2016 winner Ronaldo

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Sir Alex Ferguson took Cristiano Ronaldo to Old Trafford and the pair enjoyed a hugely successful time together at Manchester United before the latter departed for Real Madrid.

They obviously remain close and as Ferguson embraced his former protege in Paris he cut a proud figure.

The footage was soon uploaded to the internet and had tongues wagging and fingers typing instantly.









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VOTE for your favourite goal of Euro 2016

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Which gets your vote?

The Euro 2016 has reached its conclusion with Portugal lifting the trophy and being crowned champions.

En route we’ve asked you to vote for your favourite goals of the various stages with Cristiano Ronaldo winning out in the Group Stages, Xherdan Shaqiri earning your votes in the last-16, Radja Nainggolan in the quarters and Ronaldo once again in the semi-finals.

But now, we want to relive and ask YOU to vote for your favourite goal from the entire tournament by taking part in our poll at the bottom of the page.

DIMITRI PAYET (FRANCE vs ROMANIA)

The opening match produced one of the best strikes from the host nation as Payet cut in from the right and fired a left-footed shot into the top corner for an 89th-minute winner.

CRISTIANO RONALDO (PORTUGAL vs HUNGARY)

The Real Madrid star turned up when his country needed him the most, producing an exquisite backheel flick behind his standing leg to divert Joao Maria’s right-wing cross.

LUKA MODRIC (CROATIA vs TURKEY)

The Real Madrid midfielder struck the only goal of the game and it was a blinder, a dropping volley hit on the run from 25 yards.

XHERDAN SHAQIRI (SWITZERLAND vs Poland)

Switzerland may have bowed out of the tournament with a penalty defeat to Poland but boy did they provide a moment of magic, courtesy of the Stoke man.

EDEN HAZARD (BELGIUM vs Hungary)

Hazard has had a mixed season to say the least but against Hungary he showed why the Chelsea man was given the Belgium captaincy in the absence of Vincent Kompany.

RADJA NAINGGOLAN (BELGIUM vs Wales)

Belgium were eliminated from the tournament by an inspired Welsh side in a 3-1 defeat but early signs in the game pointed to a win for Marc Wilmots team as Radja Nainggolan unleashed a pile-driver from distance.

HAL ROBSON-KANU (WALES vs Belgium)

With the game tied at 1-1, Hal Robson-Kanu produced a fitting tribute to the late, great Johan Cruyff. Despite being sandwiched by Marouane Fellaini and Thomas Meunier, executed a sublime Cruyff-turn before slotting his effort past Thibaut Courtois with perfection.

ANTOINE GRIEZMANN (FRANCE vs Iceland)

Iceland’s dream run came to a brutal end at the hands of the host nation and Antoine Griezmann’s brilliant chipped effort to make it 4-0 to France just before half-time put the tie well beyond the inspirational minnows.

CRISTIANO RONALDO (PORTUGAL vs Wales)

Cristiano Ronaldo made European Championship history as Portugal ended Wales’s extraordinary Euro 2016 journey with victory on Wednesday. The Portugal captain opened the scoring in Lyon with a majestic 50th-minute header

EDER (PORTUGAL vs France)

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