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Wales the shining stars of the tournamemt, says Ronaldo.

CRISTIANO RONALDO has revealed what he said to Real Madrid teammate Gareth Bale after Portugal ended Wales' Euro 2016 dreams in Lyon.

The Portuguese captain scored one and teed up Nani for the second as Andre Santos' side blew Wales away with a quickfire double at the start of the second half.

The semi-final showdown had been heavily billed as an individual duel between the two Madrid superstars but it was the Portuguese who claimed supremacy by heading home the opener and then seeing a scuffed effort turned home by his strike partner as Bale failed to sparkle in the absence of Aaron Ramsey. Pictures emerged after the game showing Ronaldo consoling Bale after the final whistle as he congratulated the Welshman on the Dragons' incredible run in the competition.

"I congratulated them on their run," Ronaldo said, after reaching out to Bale after the game. "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."

Chris Coleman praised Ronaldo's impact after the game as the 31-yearold guided his country to their first Euros final since a shock defeat in 2004 to Greece.

We knew where the danger was going to be with Ronaldo," he said.

"We had a man with him (James Chester) and we tried to stay tight but he jumped higher.

"You have to give him credit." Ronaldo approaches the final fresh from another historic display, having equalled Michel Platini's record of nine European Championship goals.

"Record-breaking is something very nice," he said.

"I have broken many records before and I am still breaking records for club and country, but this all comes naturally and the crucial thing was to reach the final.

"I am very happy and I am very proud of all my team-mates. Me and the boys have always dreamt of being there. Now it's almost there.

"I've always dreamt of winning something for Portugal and now it's just one step away.

"I am very confident and I believe that all these boys deserve it. I deserve it, Portugal deserves it, the fans deserve it - every single Portuguese person deserves it. They've been amazing supporters.

"This is something that I wanted after winning the Champions League," he said.

"I believed in my heart we would go far in the Euro. Maybe it didn't start off as well as we wanted it to but this is not a 100 metres dash, this is a marathon.

"We got past the group stages to the knockout stages.

"When you think of Nani, Renato (Sanches) and (Ricardo) Quaresma who has also scored, we're all a team. Portugal is not all about me."

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Date:Jul 8, 2016
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