Cristiano Ronaldo will play in his second European Championship final at the Stade de France in Paris on Sunday, some twelve years after the 19 year old suffered heartbreak as Portugal, the host nation at Euro 2004 lost 1-0 to an unfancied Greece side in Lisbon.
Cristiano Ronaldo and Ricardo Carvalho are the only surviving member of the 2004 squad and will be hoping that France are the recipients of the same tonic that Portugal suffered 12 years ago.
Cristiano Ronaldo speaking to Uefa claimed "They are, in my opinion, favorites because they are playing at home and that's a big advantage,"
"The whole country is going to support them, but it's a final and anything can happen. We're going to be prepared and we're going to be difficult to beat. Since the tournament started, nobody has beaten us, and I hope France aren't going to beat us either."
Ronaldo and Portugal trained today at the French Rugby Federation's headquarters in Marcoussis, some 25km south of Paris buoyed by the news that Real Madrid defender Pepe will be fit for tomorrow's game The training session was packed by Portuguese fans anxious to get a glimpse of their idols.
"It's something that I always dreamed of," said Ronaldo. "It would be a huge achievement if I could win something with Portugal. My fingers are crossed because I believe, my colleagues believe, all of Portugal believes and the Portuguese community in France believe too.
"It's unique, a feeling of joy, because being in a final is something I wanted to achieve again. Now I will have the fortune, if everything goes well, to be playing on Sunday in a second final for Portugal."
The Real Madrid star concluded: "In a final anything can happen. We know we will face a great opponent, a great national team, but it's a final and anything is possible. It's going to be a tough game for both of us."
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