What Cristiano Ronaldo told Gareth Bale after Wales lost to Portugal in Euro 2016 semi-finals
In the showdown between the two most expensive players on the planet, Cristiano Ronaldo emerged on the victorious side with an impressive performance.
After the win took Portugal into the final at the expense of Wales, Ronaldo was seen talking to his Real Madrid teammate Gareth Bale. Bale was clearly disappointed after the defeat and Cristiano Ronaldo approached him to share a few words.
"I congratulated them on their run, they had an amazing run. They were the shining star here, the revelation team. I wished them good luck and as for the rest I would rather not say." Ronaldo revealed.
It's not surprising that Ronaldo went and had a chat with Bale following the game as he was seen consoling another Real Madrid teammate earlier in the tournament. Portugal defeated Croatia in the first knockout out stage and following the game, Ronaldo was seen hugging and consoling a heartbroken Luka Modric.
Ronaldo was at his very best in the first semi-final of Euro 2016. He opened the scoring from a Raphael Guerreiro cross by heading the ball into the back of the net in an emphatic manner. The goal was reminiscent of his famous headed goal against Manchester United back in 2013. He also helped Portugal double their lead by setting up Nani's goal which put the game beyond the reach of the Welsh team that fought valiantly throughout the tournament.
Wales manager, Chris Coleman, was graceful in defeat and praised Ronaldo's influence in the game.
"We knew where the danger was going to be with Ronaldo. We had a man with him [James Chester] and we tried to stay tight but he jumped higher. You have to give him credit." Coleman said.
Portugal have reached the final of a major international tournament for the first time since Euro 2004 where they lost to the underdogs Greece. Ronaldo and co will play the winner of the game between France and Germany in the final on July 10th at Stade de France in Paris.