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Ronaldo to be crowned best player of his generation

Obviously, it would be the highlight of Ronaldo's already stellar career. Few would begrudge him such a moment of personal glory.

Even those that dislike the Real Madrid superstar for his perceived arrogance would find it difficult to dispute his greatness – an international title would only cement his status as the best player of his generation.

Cristiano Ronaldo feels, though, that Portugal would be worthy recipients of the European Championship trophy in Paris on Sunday evening. "I believe that all these boys deserve it," the Seleccao skipper stated after their semi-final win over Wales. "I deserve it, Portugal deserves it, the fans deserve it – every single Portuguese person deserves it."

No doubt all of his compatriots feel the same way. Most still remember the agony of Euro 2004, when Portugal, as hosts, somehow contrived to begin and close their bid for a first major title with losses to Greece, the weakest side ever to have been crowned champions of Europe.

However, while it was as disappointing as it was frustrating to see the Seleccao's 'Golden Generation' squander the opportunity of a lifetime, at least there was something endearing about Otto Rehhagel's men repeatedly defying the odds on their way to one of the most surprising success stories in the history of the game. It was a minor footballing miracle, much like Leicester lifting the Premier League title last season.

There would be nothing remotely romantic about Portugal winning the European Championship in Paris on Sunday evening, though. Not this Portugal side, at least.

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