Winner of the 2017 Eurovision song contest, Salvador Sobral, believes his fellow countryman Cristiano Ronaldo is the real Portuguese hero.
Portugal followed up their Euro 2016 triumph last year with yet another win but, this time, on a different platform. A native of the country, Sobral Salvador, finished as the victor at the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest with his song ‘Amar Pelos Dois’.
Ironically, the only country that has managed to achieve the feat in the last 12 years is Greece, a nation that denied Cristiano Ronaldo the chance to lift the Euros in 2004. The Greeks simultaneously attained the titles in 2004 and 2005.
Upon his return to his home country, Sobral was showered with a befitting welcome at the airport by hundreds of fans. Nonetheless, despite his success in the singing contest, the 27-year-old was quick to refute the hero label being pinned on him.
“I do not feel like a national hero, that’s for Ronaldo,” Sobral told reporters, as he acknowledged the Selecao captain.
Ronaldo quite obviously carries Portugal on and off the pitch. Another major trophy won. #Eurovision
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It’s been a successful 11 months for Portugal and, yet again, they have another shot being recognized globally. Their men’s national team will be led once more by Cristiano Ronaldo to partake in the FIFA Confederations Cup being hosted by Russia in the summer. The tournament commences on 17th June and ends on 2nd July.