Cristiano Ronaldo is hoping for tears of “joy” rather than anguish when Portugal face either Germany or France in the Euro 2016 final on Sunday.
Ronaldo scored one and assisted another on Wednesday as Portugal defeated Wales 2-0 in the last four to reach the European Championship final, and the Real Madrid star admits he is desperate to avoid the tears he shed at the same stage in 2004, when the Seleccao were stunned by Greece.
“It’s something I’ve dreamt about since the beginning [of the tournament],” he said after the game.
“We knew it’d be a long path to follow, but we were always in the mix.
“We believed from the beginning, even when we had a difficult spell, but as I always say, you can start badly as long as you finish well.
“This Coach, these players, the medical department, they all deserve it. We haven’t won anything yet, but the dream is here.
“I hope to smile or, at least, cry tears of joy. It’s a dream, I’ve always said, to win something with Portugal. We’re close and I think we’ll win [the Euros].”