Before the game, both sides tried to play down the importance of the ‘Bale vs Ronaldo’ battle. On the day however, it was this battle that proved pivotal.
Early exchanges saw Bale threatening the Portuguese with his trademark runs, but soon both stars had been caged by opposing defences. If the first half was more of the same for Portugal in this tournament, the second was more of the same for their star man. A towering header, a scoffed shot turned in by a teammate and in the space of 3 minutes, Ronaldo ended the Welsh fairytale run.
Needless to say, one man formed the centre of attention for most of the Twitterati.
I've never seen a player leap as high and fly as long as Ronaldo can. What a remarkable athlete.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) July 6, 2016
It's Cristiano Ronaldo pic.twitter.com/4nkLEFIH94— Troll Football (@TrollFootball) July 6, 2016
Even before the game started, Twitter was abuzz with excitement and, in some quarters, pure horror…
Whoever decided that these teams should wear these kits is an enemy of football (Portugal-Wales).— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) July 6, 2016
With this game being Portugal’s first win in the tournament, not everyone was impressed.
I wished Portugal well, but in truth they were the least convincing finalists since Pete Beardsley finished runner-up at Miss World '97.— Kevin Keegan (@GalacticKeegan) July 6, 2016
Besides being the first player to play in three European Championship semifinals, Ronaldo now has the opportunity to seal his own position in Euros history by becoming the highest goalscorer ever in the tournament.
Ronaldo is on course to break the world frivolous appeals record.— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) July 6, 2016
Some feel it was bound to happen, what with his alleged knack of hogging all the goal-scoring opportunities.
Much respect to Ronaldo for allowing Bale to take the Welsh free kicks.— Troll Football (@TrollFootball) July 6, 2016
On the same day, over in Spain, Messi was handed a suspended jail term for tax fraud; cue the schadenfreude Cristiano fans have been waiting for.
With winning the CL, maybe the Euro's and with Messi in prison, the Ballon D'Or is pretty much confirmed for Ronaldo.— Tom Gordon (@GoonerGordo) July 6, 2016
Not everyone agreed though.
If you genuinely love Ronaldo you'd focus on what he's achieved instead of trying to get RT's by belittling Messi— AK (@FindingFellaini) July 6, 2016
For some, the result probably didn’t matter much.
These Kids pic.twitter.com/n3sP8FK2rK— Troll Football Media (@Troll__Footbal) July 6, 2016
Most of us in India were just relieved, really