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England and Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand believes that the European Championship final against France is the last opportunity for Cristiano Ronaldo to win a major football trophy with Portugal and this challenge makes the Real Madrid star more dangerous.

The 31-year-old Portugal captain has the chance to win the first international title of his glittering career when his side takes on the tournament hosts at the Stade de France on Sunday.

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Portuguese defender Pepe returned to the group training of his national team on Saturday and may appear in Sunday's European football championship final against France.

The Real Madrid defender suffered muscle pain after the Euro quarter-finals against Poland and didn't participate in his national team's 2-0 victory over Wales in the semi-final.

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This is Antoine Griezmann's moment. Just 16 years ago he was a nine-year-old who yelled, jumped and cheered at his family home when David Trezeguet scored his golden goal during the Euro 2000 football championship final.

That was the last time France won the European Cup. Now it is Griezmann who has dazzled. He has done so with his club, Atletico Madrid, during the whole Spanish League season and carried on during the Euro Cup, scoring six goals, three more than his immediate competitors, French colleagues Arsenal's Olivier Giroud and West Ham's Dimitri Payet.

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Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo said France will be favourites to win the Euro Cup this time, but he still believes his team can cause an upset on Sunday.

"France is a bit more the favourites than us, but I think Portugal will win," Ronaldo was quoted as saying by UEFA.com on Saturday.

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Defender Pepe trained separately on Friday while doubts remain about his participation at the Euro football championship final against France in Paris on Sunday.

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Portuguese player Luis Nani, who recently joined Valencia from Turkish side Fenerbahce, has become the sixth Portuguese player to join the ranks of the Spanish football club in the last five seasons.

Before Nani's arrival, Valencia signed five of his Portuguese compatriots over the past five years, namely, Joao Pereira, Ruben Vezo, Joao Cancelo, Andre Gomes and Helder Postiga, reports Efe. Currently, Valencia has four Portuguese players on its roster, including Nani, Andre Gomes, Joao Cancelo and Ruben Vezo.

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Having taken Portugal into the final of the Euro 2016 football tournament with an excellent second-half performance against Wales, star forward Cristiano Ronaldo is determined to win this year's title, finally avenging the loss in the 2004 edition final.

Ronaldo earned the man of the match award in the 2-0 win over Wales in Wednesday's semi-final by scoring Portugal's first goal and coming up with an assist for Nani to score the second.

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