Streets thronged as heroes acclaimed
My piece for MARCA
Portugal and Cristiano Ronaldo banished the ghosts of 2004 as they celebrated their first senior international title with thousands who lined the streets of the Portuguese capital on Monday.
It was a triumph for the collective style of coach Fernando Santos but the No. 7 shirt of the Real Madrid star was everywhere to be seen amongst the crowd and he was the focus of much of the chants during the scenes of unbridled joy.
The celebrations began the moment the team landed at the airport and continued during a parade where the fans sang 'Ronaldo, Ronaldo!' and 'We are the Champions!’
The culmination of the celebrations came when the captain, who limped off during the final, held the Henri Delaunay trophy aloft from the balcony of Belem Palace.
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