The Real Madrid striker was part of the team that fell short in the 2004 decider against Greece, and he is determined to deliver Portugal’s first major trophy against the hosts
Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo admitted France will be favourites for their Euro 2016 final in Paris on Sunday, but he still thinks his team will prevail.
After the heartbreak of Euro 2004 – when Ronaldo and Portugal were defeated 1-0 in the final on home soil by Greece – the Real Madrid man is driven not to let another, potentially his last, opportunity to win silverware with his country slip.
“It would mean a lot. It’s something I’ve always dreamed of, to win with the national team,” Ronaldo told UEFA.com.
“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.”
Portugal have been far from the best team at the tournament, as they drew their three group games to qualify for the knockout rounds as one of the best third-placed teams, before needing extra time against Croatia in the round of 16 and then penalties in the quarter-finals against Poland.
Only against Wales in the semi-final have Portugal looked convincing in their play.