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The team loaded onto an open-topped bus to head toward the Belem presidential palace, where they were honored by Portuguese president Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa. In a stunning visual, thousands of people packed the streets to catch a glimpse of the team and their new trophy along the route.
The Portugal national team bus arrives at Belém PalaceinLisbon on Monday. (Photo by Carlos Rodrigues/Getty Images)
A sea of people celebrated at Belém Palace in Lisbon. (Photo by Carlos Rodrigues/Getty Images)
Portuguese players celebrate during the Portugal Euro 2016 Victory Parade in Lisbon on Monday. (Photo by Carlos Rodrigues/Getty Images)
The win was especially important for Cristiano Ronaldo to seal his legacy as one of the sport’s all-time greats. Though Ronaldo had to be withdrawn in the final due to injury, he was a driving force that propelled A Seleção through the tournament.
From the looks of it, Ronaldo didn’t want to let go of his new hardware.