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The Scot, who managed the forward at Manchester United, hailed the 31-year-old as the “special footballer” of his era following Portugal's Euro 2016 triumph on Sunday Cristiano Ronaldo is the "special footballer" of his generation, according to his former manager Sir Alex Ferguson. The ex-Manchester United boss 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. And Ferguson, 74, insists that Ronaldo's work rate and hunger –…

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Portugal move up to sixth in FIFA World Ranking Latest News 

Portugal move up to sixth in FIFA World Ranking

Euro 2016 winners Portugal will move to sixth in the new FIFA World Ranking, which is published on Thursday. Fernando Santos' side were eighth before the tournament began, and only move up two places after winning just three of their seven matches at the European Championship, with the penalty shootout victory over Poland counting as a draw. Portugal were ranked as high as third two years ago, but have to be content with sixth despite winning their first major tournament with a 1-0 extra-time victory over France.  Didier Deschamps' France side could have moved…

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Didier Deschamps's men may be hot favourites to clinch glory at the Stade de France but supporters from all over the world are backing Cristiano Ronaldo & Co. to produce an upset Fans have backed Portugal to shock hosts France and win Euro 2016 ahead of the final in Paris on Sunday. Over 6,000 people from across the world voted for the team they think will triumph at this summer's tournament, with Cristiano Ronaldo's side scooping 56% of the total votes cast. Readers in Germany, who saw France end their hopes…

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Ronaldo to be crowned best player of his generation EURO Latest News Portugal 

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…

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Ronaldo will relish taking on all of France – Rio Ferdinand EURO Latest News 

Ronaldo will relish taking on all of France – Rio Ferdinand

Cristiano Ronaldo will relish taking on the whole of France in Sunday's Euro 2016 final, according to his former Manchester United team-mate Rio Ferdinand. The 31-year-old Portugal captain has the chance to win the first international title of his glittering career when his side take on the tournament hosts at Stade de France. "Everyone in the country will be against him, but he will thrive off that hostility, and off their fear," Ferdinand told BBC Sport. "The French know Cristiano is the player capable of destroying their dream because he…

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Ronaldo ‘a bad loser’ and ‘petty’ Cristiano Ronaldo EURO Latest News 

Ronaldo ‘a bad loser’ and ‘petty’

Cristiano Ronaldo has been called a "bad loser" and "petty" for criticising Euro 2016 opponents Iceland following Tuesday's 1-1 draw. The Portugal captain hit out at Iceland's lack of ambition during the Group F game and accused them of having a "small mentality". But Iceland midfielder Kari Arnason responded: "It just makes it sweeter that he is a bad loser. "We are a small island in the Atlantic Ocean and we got a draw against them." Former Iceland international Hermann Hreidarsson also hit back at Ronaldo, saying he should have…

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Ronaldo can finally shine with Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo EURO Latest News 

Ronaldo can finally shine with Portugal

When Cristiano Ronaldo first appeared for Portugal at a major tournament – on home soil at Euro 2004 – he could look around the dressing room and find the last of the Golden Generation – Luis Figo, Fernando Couto and Rui Costa. The three-time Ballon d'Or winner has won plenty on the club front but has rarely had the team around him at international level to succeed… until now "They were the heroes when I was growing up," Ronaldo told  Uefa  before the tournament. "Obviously I focused on them, but I knew…

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