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Portugal suffers huge blow in Euro 2016 final as Cristiano Ronaldo injures his knee and had to be replaced

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Cristiano Ronaldo knocked out of Euro 2016 final with knee injury

Portugal was a big underdog against host-nation France in the final of the European championship and their hopes took a huge blow early in the match as Cristiano Ronaldo had to be replaced after injuring his knee.

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The injury came in just the eighth minute of the match as Dimitri Payet's hard challenge on Ronaldo resulted in the players' knees colliding. Ronaldo immediately went down grabbing in his left knee.

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Football Soccer - Portugal v France - Euro 2016 - Final - Stade de France, Saint-Denis near Paris, France - 10/7/16 - Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo reacts as he is carried off the pitch. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann
Football Soccer - Portugal v France - Euro 2016 - Final - Stade de France, Saint-Denis near Paris, France - 10/7/16 - Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo reacts as he is carried off the pitch. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Football Soccer - Portugal v France - Euro 2016 - Final - Stade de France, Saint-Denis near Paris, France - 10/7/16 - Portugal's Nani comforts Cristiano Ronaldo after a collision. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Football Soccer - Portugal v France - EURO 2016 - Final - Stade de France, Saint-Denis near Paris, France - 10/7/16 Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo reacts after sustaining a injury REUTERS/Darren Staples Livepic
Football Soccer - Portugal v France - Euro 2016 - Final - Stade de France, Saint-Denis near Paris, France - 10/7/16 - France's coach Didier Deschamps comforts Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo as he is carried off the pitch. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Football Soccer - Portugal v France - Euro 2016 - Final - Stade de France, Saint-Denis near Paris, France - 10/7/16 - Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo has a knee bandaged after collision. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Football Soccer - Portugal v France - Euro 2016 - Final - Stade de France, Saint-Denis near Paris, France - 10/7/16 - Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo gets medical help. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann
SAINT-DENIS, FRANCE - JULY 10, 2016: Portugal's injured Cristiano Ronaldo lying on the pitch in the 2016 UEFA European Football Championship final match against France at Stade de France. Alexander Demianchuk/TASS (Photo by Alexander Demianchuk\TASS via Getty Images)
SAINT-DENIS, FRANCE - JULY 10, 2016: Portugal's injured Cristiano Ronaldo lying on the pitch in the 2016 UEFA European Football Championship final match against France at Stade de France. Alexander Demianchuk/TASS (Photo by Alexander Demianchuk\TASS via Getty Images)
Portugal's forward Cristiano Ronaldo leaves the pitch on a stretcher past France's coach Didier Deschamps (C) during the Euro 2016 final football match between Portugal and France at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, north of Paris, on July 10, 2016. / AFP / PATRIK STOLLARZ (Photo credit should read PATRIK STOLLARZ/AFP/Getty Images)
(From top L) Portugal's forward Nani, Portugal's defender Pepe, Portugal's midfielder William Carvalho, Portugal's defender Fonte, Portugal's goalkeeper Rui Patricio and Portugal's forward Cristiano Ronaldo, (bottom fromL) Portugal's defender Raphael Guerreiro, Portugal's midfielder Adrien Silva, Portugal's defender Cedric Soares, Portugal's midfielder Renato Sanches and Portugal's midfielder Joao Mario pose prior to the kick off of the Euro 2016 final football match between Portugal and France at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, north of Paris, on July 10, 2016. / AFP / FRANCISCO LEONG (Photo credit should read FRANCISCO LEONG/AFP/Getty Images)
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Ronaldo tried to stay in the match, at one point going to the sideline for treatment. But in the 24th minute, he finally succumbed to the pain, calling for a substitute.

Ronaldo had to be consoled by teammates as he could be seen breaking down into tears.

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He was finally taken off on a stretcher and is officially out for the rest of the match.

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