Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo looked forward to crying tears of joy following Sunday’s Euro 2016 final after his goal inspired his team to a 2-0 semi-final win over Wales.
The Real Madrid superstar scored with a brilliant 50th-minute header in Lyon on Wednesday and then teed Nani up for a quick-fire second goal as Portugal qualified for only their second major final.
“The team did a marvellous job to reach the final. I hope on Sunday you’ll see me crying with joy,” said Ronaldo, who as a 19-year-old wept on the pitch after Portugal lost 1-0 to Greece as hosts of Euro 2004.
“I always said I wanted to win something with Portugal. I’ve been at the highest level for 13 years. The statistics never lie.”
Ronaldo’s goal, his third at the tournament, saw him tie France great Michel Platini’s record of nine goals at European Championship finals.
He now trails tournament top scorer Antoine Griezmann of France by one goal.
Portugal will play the winner of Thursday’s second semi-final between hosts France and world champions Germany in Sunday’s final at the Stade de France.