There was almost universal respect for Ronaldo as he tried to run off a game-ending injury
Cristiano Ronlado is a divisive figure; some consider him a pantomime villain, while others acknowledge that he's one of, if not the best footballer in the world.
As the final of the European Championships approached on Sunday night, there was once again a difference of opinion from many supporters who weren't sure if they wanted to see him finally achieve his dream of lifting a major trophy with the Portuguese national team.
Despite the fact that many people find it difficult to root for him, there was almost universal agreement that what happened to him in the final at the Stade de France would not have been wished on him by anyone.
The star man for Portugal was involved in a big challenge in the first half with Dimitri Payet after which he went down clutching his knee. Although he received treatment and tried to play on, he was unable to continue and had to be stretchered off on what is undoubtedly one of the biggest nights of his career.
From former team-mates to fans and pundits, there was an overriding sentiment that it was a shame to see the Real Madrid man carried off during the final, when he could have had such an impact on the game.
Its a shame if C.Ronaldo has to come off. You want to see the great players on the pitch in finals— Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) 10 July 2016
You know what Ronaldo means to his national team from the way they gathered around him when he fell injured.— . (@madridista_ffm) 10 July 2016
Terrible to see Cris come off like that. Hope it's nothing too bad 🙏🏼— Gareth Bale (@GarethBale11) 10 July 2016
What is it about Ronaldos in major finals in Paris. What a shame!— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) 10 July 2016
Absolutely gutted for Ronaldo.— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) 10 July 2016
Legend of the game robbed of his biggest game.
You can see what this means to him. pic.twitter.com/GBArlAdGAV
There is no sadder sight because there is perhaps no better player. #Ronaldo— Steve Wilson (@SteveWilson1967) 10 July 2016
Thierry Henry on Cristiano Ronaldo's injury:— Squawka News (@SquawkaNews) 10 July 2016
"He will go down as one of the greatest players in history." pic.twitter.com/JqkOWQJiNG
Even at the fan zone in Paris, there was acclaim and applause from the home fans as Ronaldo left the pitch.
Ronaldo clapped off in the stadium and the fanzone by the French. Fair play. 👏 pic.twitter.com/LHzLzabtDG— Copa90 (@Copa90) 10 July 2016