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How did Cristiano Ronaldo get hurt in Euro 2016 final France vs. Portugal?

Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo is injured and out of the European Championship final.

Ronaldo was carried from the first in the first half of play in the Euro 2016 final on a stretcher. He had tears streaming from his face as he was carried from the field.

This was reported by The Daily Mail when Ronaldo went down: “but Cristiano Ronaldo is down and looks in considerable pain after a hefty challenge from Dimitri Payet. Not a foul, but pretty strong. He’s back on his feet, albeit gingerly at the moment. He’s the one player Portugal do NOT want to lose.”

Ronaldo left the match on a stretcher in the 24th minute and is replaced by Ricardo Quaresma. The Portugal captain was taken off after handing his armband to Nani.

Ronaldo had briefly left the pitch in tears at the Stade de France, minutes after a clumsy challenge by Dimitri Payet left him screaming in pain and clutching his left knee.

Portugal medical staff bandaged their captain’s knee on the sideline and he returned to the game, but was unable to continue.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.