Cristiano Ronaldo’s sister has bizarrely compared the Portuguese international’s injury in the Euro 2016 final to Jesus Christ’s crucifixion.
France midfielder Dimitri Payet clattered into Ronaldo just eight minutes into the game at the Stade de France and the Portugal star – despite his best efforts – never recovered.
In the 24th minute, the Real Madrid forward admitted defeat in his attempts to shake off the injury and was carried off the pitch on a stretcher.
In his absence Portugal went on to win the game in extra-time thanks to a 109th-minute strike from Swansea flop Eder, much to the delight of the skipper.
Despite his injury, the 31-year-old managed to lift the trophy as captain and his sister Katia Aveiro has now likened the injury he suffered to the death of Jesus.
“These tears I cried for my wounded brother were like daggers to the heart, and we all cried with him for the awful pain we had together,” she said on Instagram.
“But God is great and just as our saviour Jesus Christ suffered on the cross for a better world for us, Cristiano cried in the pain of not being able to help his teammates and his beloved people.
“God is just and they deservedly lifted the trophy, and fulfilled the dream; we are champions.”
After the match, Ronaldo told the world just how much winning the tournament meant to him and his country.
“No one believed in us,” he said. “I had already won everything with clubs. I lacked something with the national team. Portugal have deserved this after many years of sacrifice.
“It was not the final I wanted, but I am very happy. It is a trophy for all the Portuguese, for all immigrants, all the people who believed in us, so I am very happy and very proud.”