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Portuguese defender Pepe has praised the role played by star forward Cristiano Ronaldo during the Euro football championship, indicating that the captain helped create a family atmosphere in the squad.

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Portugal have omitted from their Olympic football squad each of the six pre-listed players who took part in the national team's European Championship triumph. The players left out were Renato Sanchez, Raphael Guerreiro, Andre Gomes, Joao Mario, William Carvalho and Rafa Silva.

The squad was named on Thursday, just four days after Portugal defeated hosts France on penalties to clinch their first ever major title.

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Portugal's European Championship winning captain Cristiano Ronaldo is a "special footballer" of his generation, according to former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson.

The legendary coach was on hand to witness Ronaldo finally convert his phenomenal club success into international honours as the injured Portugal captain rallied his country from the sidelines to Euro 2016 glory on Sunday against hosts France.

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The Portugal football team held Austria to a 1-1 draw, thanks to Pedro Empis' second-half equaliser in the UEFA Under-19 European Championship in Grossapach, Germany.

After Italy stunned hosts Germany 1-0 at the curtain raiser earlier on Monday, Portugal and Austria shared the spoils in the second game of Group A as Empis cancelled out Austria's first-half opener through Arnel Jakupovic.

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Manchester United great Ryan Giggs has said that he had a laugh when he saw Cristiano Ronaldo for the first time turning John O'Shea inside out while playing for Sporting Lisbon. The Portuguese midfielder was so impressive in the friendly that he was able to secure a move to United and has since gone on to become one of the best ever in football history.

"You see Ronaldo get the ball, and you see him turn John O'Shea inside out, and you're having a little giggle to yourself," Giggs was quoted as saying by ITV on Monday.

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France football's poster boy Antoine Griezmann, who clinched the Golden Boot award at the just-concluded European Championship, on Monday said his team experienced both extraordinary moments as well as the saddest moments in the tournament.

Griezmann may have drawn a blank in the 1-0 final loss to Portugal on Sunday but he did win the Euro 2016 Golden Boot ahead of Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo and compatriot Olivier Giroud.

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Portugal coach Fernando Santos said ‘ugly duckling’ Eder has turned into a beautiful swan after his unlikely winner helped them clinch the Euro football championship final against France.

Santos’ team was dealt a severe blow as their talisman Cristiano Ronaldo had to limp off the field just 24 minutes into the game with a knee injury. But they held on till the 90 minutes, surviving an Andre-Pierre Gignac strike which hit the post.

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